While building homes is central to Habitat’s mission, changing the systems, policies, attitudes and behaviors that lead to inadequate housing and homelessness are just as important. Advocacy means speaking up for something you believe in. Advocacy includes raising awareness and influencing laws. Making and amending laws can leave lasting effects on poverty issues for large numbers of people. Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired over 600,000 homes with 3 million people around the world. But the need for safe, decent shelter is growing faster than we can build. Other actions are necessary to assist people who live in poverty.
Take Action- Make a Difference
Advocate: Use your voice for change and help us end poverty housing worldwide.
Act Now: Send letters and emails to your senators and representatives that support Habitat’s mission of ending poverty housing. Help protect funding for HUD support programs such as HOME, CDBG, and SHOP.
Take Part: Encourage the support of affordable housing legislation. Become active in local politics, find out what goes on in the community around you.
- Letter-writing campaigns and petitions
Letter-writing campaigns and petitions are great ways to involve your whole community. During Act! Speak! Build! Week 2009, we asked President Obama to make affordable housing a priority. Use this letter and petition at your community events to spread the word and make sure your voice is heard.
Looking for a way to explain important advocacy issues simply? Use the Secure Tenure 101 and Housing Trust Funds 101 handouts.
- Government Relations and Advocacy
You can learn more about Habitat’s mission by checking out the Government Relations and Advocacy Web site. GRA monitors policies related to housing, community and international development. They determine how to enhance or change these policies to increase access to affordable housing.
Join thousands of other supporters and become an advocate for Habitat for Humanity.
- Paper House campaign
Children as young as 5 can advocate for an end to poverty housing using the Paper House campaign.
- Panel discussions
Panels are a great way to invite elected officials to your community. Learn how to organize a panel discussion.
- ONE Campaign
The ONE Campaign raises public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger and disease in developing countries. Add your signature to the ONE Declaration.