While it is critical that we meet the emergency needs of those experiencing poverty, to truly address multigenerational systemic poverty we must go beyond resolving household level crises. We must also provide long-term affordable housing options that provide families with the foundation needed to focus on long-term goals, achieve stability, and end intergenerational poverty. Tens of thousands of Oakland County households are rent burdened — paying more than 30% of their pretax income on rent. Oakland County needs more affordable options throughout the entire county. Lighthouse addresses this need through a multifaceted strategy that currently includes building and developing new affordable housing and acquiring and renovating existing affordable housing.