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Co-Sponsored Webinar: The Tax Code, Equity, and Access to Affordable Housing: A Conversation for Funders

Thursday, October 24 | 3:30pm ET | 2:30pm CT | 1:30pm MT | 12:30pm PT


The tax code is one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to provide families with economic security and wealth-building opportunities as well as to improve housing affordability and encourage community economic development. Yet we know that the federal tax code has a long history of perpetuating economic and racial inequities, including through individual tax provisions. In the realm of housing affordability, although low-income renters are more likely to pay a high share of their income for housing, the majority of federal housing expenditures subsidize home ownership.  

How do tax policy, housing affordability, and equity intersect? In what ways did the 2017 tax law move equity efforts backward and how can we strengthen those provisions that are progressive and inclusive?  What is the role of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and what do we know about Renters' Tax Credit proposals?

In conjunction with EITC Funders Network and Funders for Housing and Opportunity, this webinar will provide an overview of the ways the federal tax code intersects with equity in the realm of housing affordability, and take a closer look at the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) -  the largest federal housing program in the US that redirects funds toward the creation and preservation of rental housing for low-income residents - as well as current proposals for a Federal Renters’ Credit to help low-income renters offset high housing costs.


  • Allison Clark, Associate Director, Impact Investment at the MacArthur Foundation
  • Will Fischer, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Chye-Ching Huang, Director of Federal Fiscal Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Samantha Jacoby, Senior Tax Legal Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Megan John, Senior Policy Analyst at the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition


October 24, 2019 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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