Advocacy and Habitat for Humanity

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Smart public policies and systems can promote access to decent housing, while uninformed policies and systems may create unnecessary barriers. Habitat for Humanity International’s advocacy is based on decades of on-the-ground experience and policy expertise.

Based on a deep understanding of housing and its role in ending poverty, Habitat for Humanity seeks to reform laws in a nonconfrontational, nonpartisan way. Just like building homes, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Why Advocate

Advocating on behalf of those living in poor conditions is a priority for Habitat … and it works! Decent housing is essential in breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat’s strategic plan reinforces this and emphasizes the need to advocate for the policies and systems that remove barriers to affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity has been building homes, communities and hope through direct engagement for nearly four decades. Habitat has served more than 1 million families since 1976. Yet, some 1.6 billion people still live in poverty housing, and another 100 million have no home at all.

It is projected that by 2030, more than 2 billion people will live in urban slums around the world. To address that level of need, the global Habitat for Humanity network must support public housing policies and systems that set the stage to end poverty housing. Through advocacy, we can exponentially increase access to decent, affordable housing.

Learn More

Advocacy Habitat on The Hill

Habitat on the Hill

Staff, board members, homeowners and volunteers meet with decision-makers on Capitol Hill.

Habitat for Humanity Advocacy

Connect With Habitat for Humanity International

Meet our team and contact us for questions about Habitat Government Relations and Advocacy.

Habitat for Humanity Advocacy Act Speak Build

Act! Speak! Build! Week

This event serves to educate others by expanding the scope of Habitat’s mission from raising a hammer and raising funds to include raising your voice.

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      Nicky built her own home, so her family can build memories

      June 22 2017

      “Home” means so many things. It’s where we build our lives and where we build memories. With the dedication of their new Habitat home, Nicky and her two sons can begin building new lives in an affordable home that Nicky helped build with her own hands. Micah, 8, already has…
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Alternative Gift Guide

The benefit delivered to families that partner with Habitat for Humanity is very real.
  $10  Box of Nails   
  $35 Roof Shingles   
  $50  Low Flow Toilet   
  $75  Window   
  $100  Kitchen Sink   
  $150  Front Door   
  $500 Sliding  
  $1000  Wallboard   
  $2000  Flooring