Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Association of Social Workers Joins Opportunity Starts at Home Steering Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased to announce it is joining the steering committee of Opportunity Starts at Home, an unprecedented multi-sector campaign to advance federal policies that expand affordable housing for low-income people.  

Through Opportunity Starts at Home, a broad array of leading national organizations is raising awareness about the housing affordability crisis and pushing for solutions.  

Research has increasingly shown that housing is a critical driver of positive outcomes in many areas of life, including education, health, civil rights, food security and poverty reduction. 

NASW joins the Steering Committee alongside the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Catholic Charities USA, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s HealthWatch, Community Catalyst, Food Research & Action Center, Make Room, the NAACP, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of Community Health Centers, National Education Association, National League of Cities, and UnidosUS. 

“NASW is honored to join these esteemed organizations on the steering committee of Opportunity Starts at Home because this organization’s mission strongly reflects the values of the social work profession,” said Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, executive director of NASW. “Social workers for generations have joined forces with others to address this nation’s challenges, including providing good, affordable housing for all. This issue is particularly crucial now as housing costs soar and millions of American families struggle to pay rent and mortgages.”   

As a Steering Committee member, NASW will provide on-going strategic and tactical advice to the campaign, and work to mobilize its own network of social workers around federal policy actions that will expand housing affordability.  

The ability for social workers to help their clients overcome life’s challenges is often inextricably linked to whether people have access to stable affordable homes in neighborhoods where they can grow, learn, and thrive.  

“We are extremely pleased to have the National Association of Social Workers join the Steering Committee,” said Mike Koprowski, National Director of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign. “Our nation’s lack of affordable housing is a crisis.  When people lack access to homes they can afford, it negatively impacts their health outcomes, educational attainment, and ability to climb the income ladder.  That’s why influential national organizations from different fields are joining forces to make this issue a top national priority.” 

To learn more about the campaign, please see   

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

WV Substance Use Response Plan - Six regional public forums to review and provide feedback begin Oct 15

Six public meetings will be held 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (on-site registration opens at 4:00 pm) on the following dates: 

•    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – Beckley
Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV 25801
•    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg, Multipurpose Room 1536, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104
•    Monday, October 21, 2019 – Charleston
University of Charleston, Ballroom (3rd Floor Geary Student Union), 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV 25304
•    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – Martinsburg
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Training Center, 510 South Raleigh Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
•    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Wheeling
Wheeling University, Swint Hall Troy Theater, 316 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
•    Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Fairmont
Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, 1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554


Public comments, which will be considered by DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment during the review process, may be submitted during one of the six public meetings. Pre-registration at is recommended but not required. On-site registration begins at 4:00 pm.

Attendees can download and review a summary of the plan prior to the meeting. Those who are unable to attend can download the plan and provide online feedback.  All feedback must be received by October 25, 2019.