And that’s exactly the point made at last week’s Sacramento Housing Alliance Roundtable — Housing Trust Funds 101 — that took place at the 7th & H Housing Community we designed. City Councilperson Eric Guerra kicked off the event discussing the need and opportunities for affordable housing in Sacramento. Michael Anderson from the Center for Community Change then provided an overview of housing trust funds across the country and how states, counties, and cities can leverage multiple revenue sources to address very specific local housing needs. We learned that successful campaigns consist of multi-stakeholder coalitions with aligned visions, goals, roles, and shared commitment. And just like in any effective relationship, we are reminded that communication is key. It has the power to unlock doors to not just another unit, but a home.