With more than 25 million Americans, including nine million children, facing housing insecurity each year, Make Room Inc. has announced the bipartisan congressional effort designating September 2017 as “National Month for Renters” at a press conference and congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.
Joined at a press conference by resolution sponsors Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Reps. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) and Denny Heck (D-WA), Make Room shed light on the eleven million households nationwide that spend more than half of their income just on rent, while making sacrifices such as forgoing food, healthcare, and other necessities.
“Make Room is extremely grateful to have bipartisan support for ‘National Month for Renters’ to shine a spotlight on the critical issue of struggling renters and affordable housing in America,” said Ali Solis, Make Room Inc., President and CEO. “Our goal is to spread awareness and humanize this issue, reinforce the importance of placing affordable rental housing on the national agenda, and advocate for bold solutions that will end housing insecurity.”
Rising country music star Kane Brown, who recently partnered with Make Room on a national campaign, spoke at the press conference and participated in a Congressional briefing with families impacted by the current rental housing crisis.
“When I was younger, my mom and I lived in a car because we didn’t have anywhere to go. After graduating from high school, even though I was working, I didn’t have enough money to pay rent so I stayed with my Nana,” Kane Brown revealed. “I’m proud to partner with Make Room to help other people who have been in similar housing situations. I just want people to know that they can make it through hard times like I did.”
Kane Brown, in partnership with Make Room USA, has confirmed that fans are now able to pre-order his forthcoming Deluxe Edition of his self-titled debut album (out October 6th) here now and opt to pay $25 with a portion going to Make Room after fees and wholesale are covered.
A key part of Make Room’s mission is telling the personal stories of America’s struggling renters, including through videos that appear on the Make Room website. Watch Kane and others tell their personal stories below!
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