Help NAHMA promote adult literacy!
Help connect affordable housing residents to a free app for improving reading and English skills. The app is available for download, and property managers and owners can help spread the word by simply distributing the fliers posted below to your properties, staff, and service coordinators!
“Low literacy is a silent crisis in this country—one that needs more attention, more voices, more resources and more ideas. We know that lack of opportunity, not lack of motivation, is what most often prevents adults from improving their literacy skills. That’s why we’re leveraging the power of technology to reach adult learners where they are—giving them more opportunities to learn where they live, work, pray and play.” – BRITISH A. ROBINSON, President and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Help NAHMA promote adult literacy by distributing fliers at your communities
Access the Free Literacy App
Follow these steps to access the free app and improve your literacy skills today:
- Visit https://abc.xprize.org/ac5588 to download the app
- Use Community Referral Code 5588
- Open the app to start learning!
Housing as a Platform for Success
“We are uniquely situated to reach the low- to moderate-income Americans who are residents of affordable rental housing that are working hard to improve the financial status of their families. We believe they will be interested in taking advantage of the literacy app to improve their reading and English skills, since the app is free, self-supported and self-paced.” – Kris Cook, CAE, NAHMA Executive Director
Bridging the Literacy Gap
More than 36 million adults in the U.S. lack basic English literacy – that’s nearly one in six U.S. adults – yet only five percent have access to educational services. Low literacy impacts the well-being of individuals, families and communities.
“Thirty six million. That number never ceases to astound me. That is one in six adults in the U.S. who struggle with the very skills that are critical to surviving in today’s society and economy. That’s 36 million workers who struggle to hold down a job, 36 million patients who struggle with prescription information, and 36 million parents who cannot read a bedtime story to their kids.” -SHLOMY KATTAN, Executive Director, Prize Operations, Learning and Human Potential
Literacy Skills Impact All Industries
Improving literacy rates can boost labor productivity, cut billions of dollars in national healthcare costs, and break the cycle of poverty for families in every state. By unlocking literacy skills, adult learners will be more empowered to:
- find better work;
- advance their education; and
- help their children with homework.
The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation will accelerate adult education by creating mobile solutions that improve access, encourage persistence, develop relevant learning content, and scale nationwide.
NAHMA is proud to be a Milestone Prize winner of the Adult Literacy @XPRIZE Communities Competition! #LiteracyNow
NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. NAHMA supports legislative and regulatory policy that promotes the development and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing, is a vital resource for technical education and information and fosters strategic relations between government and industry. NAHMA’s membership represents 75 percent of the affordable housing industry, and includes its most distinguished multifamily owners and management companies. Visit www.nahma.org for more information.
XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. Active competitions include the Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, and the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. For more information, visit xprize.org.
About Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has been the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy for three decades. The Foundation was established by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989, inspired by her vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman, and child to secure a better life through literacy. Today, the Foundation is a public charity that remains committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision, providing innovative programs and services to ensure that every American has the opportunity to learn to read and write. To learn more, visit www.BarbaraBush.org.
About Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $160 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.