Miriam Keller, MUP/MPP 2018
Organization: National Low Income Housing Coalition, Washington, DC
Sponsor: Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship
“One memorable and inspiring highlight of the summer was the National Housing Week of Action, organized by NLIHC together with partners in DC and across the country. The week included 60+ events – rallies, demonstrations, teach-ins, and bus tours – that displayed the breadth and intensity of communities’ determination to stand up for and expand federal investments in affordable housing. One of the many events was the National Housing Week of Action Rally in D.C., which I got to attend.
We heard stories from three individuals who had experienced homelessness, and whose lives had been changed by the housing programs NLIHC tracks through the ins and outs of the appropriations process. It was a powerful reminder that every number in an appropriations bill translates into impact on peoples’ lives. It was also a delight to see Congresswoman Joyce Beatty – who represents my hometown of Columbus, Ohio – kick off her heels, put on the Week of Action t-shirt, and run to the lectern in front of the Capitol to deliver a powerful speech about the importance of affordable housing. It was inspiring to be even a small part of the National Housing Week of Action, and I look forward to seeing how its momentum builds.
I am very grateful for the support of the Community Service Fellowship Program, and the opportunity to work with NLIHC and support its mission. I am excited to take what I learned along with me to my work after I graduate.”