As presidential candidates hit the campaign trail, a new project aims to capture their positions on affordable housing and elevate the discussion.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has launched Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020, a nonpartisan initiative to urge the candidates to address affordable housing solutions.

Initially focusing on the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary, and beyond, NLIHC will work with partners across the country to encourage all the candidates to put forward robust solutions to the nation’s housing crisis.

Through the Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 website, NLIHC is tracking all candidates’ proposals and comments on the housing affordability crisis and sharing a toolkit for its members and others across the country to similarly engage and capture candidate positions on ending homelessness and housing poverty in America.

“After decades of chronic underinvestment by Congress, it is remarkable that presidential hopefuls are now using their platforms to elevate the housing crisis for the lowest-income people and its solutions,” said Diane Yentel, NLIHC president and CEO. “In part because of the severity of the crisis itself and in large part because of our collective work to create pressure for solutions, these early months of the presidential campaign have seen more attention paid to affordable housing policy than we have in entire presidential campaigns in history. This is a tremendous opportunity to build the broad-based support needed to ensure the next president, whoever it may be, prioritizes ending homelessness and housing poverty when in the White House. Through Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020, we intend to do just that.”

NLIHC is partnering on the Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 project with the Polk County Housing Trust Fund and Housing Action NH to conduct meetings and town halls with presidential candidates to discuss housing affordability in their states.

The first Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 event will feature Julian Castro, former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on June 15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Follow the campaign on Twitter @OurHomesVotes and on Facebook @OHOV2020.