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Make Room is a national campaign giving voice to struggling renters and elevating rental housing on the agendas of our nation’s leaders. We’re building support for better policies by telling the stories of real families struggling to make rent today. Make Room is sponsored by Enterprise, with the support and resources of partners including, the MacArthur and Ford foundations as well as CohnReznick LLP.

The Challenge

Rents are rising. Wages are not. Thirty-seven percent of households rent their homes, the highest level since the mid-1960s.

That means: More than 11 million families spend more than half of their income on rent and utilities. And it’s getting worse.


What Make Room Does

The campaign gives renters a voice by:

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Concerts for the 1st

Make Room kicked off in May 2015 with a Concert for the 1st for the Duarte family of Los Angeles, who became homeless for a time with their two children. Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen gave an intimate performance for their family to give voice to their — and other renters’ — struggles. Other highlights of the campaign have included a concert in Detroit with the R&B star Miguel and one in Baton Rouge with Stephan Jenkins, the lead singer of rock band Third Eye Blind. See the other renters’ stories and concerts.

Gaining Traction

Make Room has been featured in/on: Forbes, NPR, Politico, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Time.

Learn more at www.makeroomusa.org.

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