What is advocacy?

Habitat for Humanity defines advocacy as “changing policies and systems to eliminate barriers to adequate, affordable housing in order to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” In other words, while not visible like homes themselves, laws, regulations and rules about land and building are a major part of housing. Smart policies and systems can promote access to decent housing, while uninformed policies and systems may create unnecessary barriers, making it harder than it needs to be to find land for construction, build the home itself or be able to afford a place to live.

Habitat’s advocacy is based on decades of on-the-ground experience and policy expertise. Based on our deep understanding of housing and its role in ending poverty, we seek to reform laws in a nonconfrontational, nonpartisan way. Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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Campaign to Fund the State Housing Trust Fund!

A housing trust fund is a flexible, sustainable revenue source to support the range of housing development, blight, homeownership and homelessness work that local communities need. In December 2010, Pennsylvania became the 38th state to establish a State Housing Trust Fund known as “PHARE,” the PA Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act or Act 105. Over the past three years over 2,900 families have been served through new construction, rehab of vacant properties, home repair and more in the 37 counties who have been able to utilize trust fund dollars.

PHARE is working!  It is time to build on this success and make the fund statewide.
Learn more here.

Tell Congress: Don’t Destroy HOME

Tell Congress: Don’t Destroy HOME!  The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is among the most useful of all federal programs that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides. HOME is a unique program designed to meet the needs of the lowest-income families across the country by providing grants to state and local governments to support affordable housing. Those grants are then awarded to organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, not only to cover land and other expenses but also to leverage the HOME funds to raise even more money for affordable housing. As a Habitat affiliate in California explains, “We match each HOME dollar with $7 in private funding from corporations, faith groups and individuals to build our homes.  HOME is unique; the smart design of the program means that many of the affordable housing developments it supports would not be possible without HOME assistance. Unfortunately, Congress has proposed spending cuts that would eliminate the HOME program, even though it has proven to be efficient and effective.  Don’t let Congress destroy HOME.
We need advocates like you to help Congress understand the importance of HOME.

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Infographic – HUD Cuts State by State