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 non-confrontational, 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.
Spreading the World
Spreading the word about Habitat for Humanity is the best type of Advocacy you can do for our organization. Get a group of your colleagues, friends or faith community members to join you volunteering for a day. Bring a friend who is new to Habitat to one of our annual events. Encourage a neighbor to read about Habitat in our newsletter. Its simpler than you think!
Each person you can educate helps further our mission. Helping combat the common myths of our organization and replacing them with stories of lives changed helps us serve more families.
Eat & Educate Series
Habitat for Humanity hosts an Eat & Educate series on a variety of topics to educate our staff, volunteers, families and Habitat supporters on topics that affect our organization. Below are our upcoming presentations for 2017. Have a request? Contact Vaya Kiel at [email protected] to share your suggestions for presentations.
April 21st, 2017
AmeriCorps National Service Programs
Vaya Kiel, Fox Cities Habitat’s AmeriCorps Host Site Manager and AmeriCorps Alum
RSVP to Jodi at [email protected] or (920) 967-8882
Past Sessions Included
Understanding Hoarding Behaviors
Megan McLachlan, M.Ed, NAMI Fox Valley
Rock the Block and Neighborhood Revitalization
Ryan Roth, Habitat for Humanity
Nikki Purtell, Goodwill Industries of NCW
Dr. Matthew Clover, Clover Chiropractic
Each year, Fox Cities Habitat travels globally to build with our Habitat for Humanity partners around the world. Our staff and volunteers take the time to meet with local staff and families in the selected host country, learn their culture and help with local projects.
Recently, our team has been traveling to Panajachel, Guatemala to help construct homes, build smokeless stoves and learn more about water purification systems. Travelers have the opportunity to see how their work positively impacts families almost immediately.
Trips occur early each calendar year and are open to Habitat supporters. Check out posts, photos and more from the trips by visiting the Facebook page at facebook.com/FoxCitiesHabitatBuilds
In short, because it works! 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 we were founded in 1976 and there is no question that our work has made an impact. But as powerful as that has been, some 1.6 billion people still live in poverty housing and another 100 million have no home at all. Worse yet, it is projected that by 2030, more than 2 billion 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.
Advocating on behalf of those living in poor conditions is a priority for Habitat. We wholeheartedly believe that decent housing is essential in breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat’s strategic plan reinforces those beliefs and emphasizes the need to advocate for the policies and systems that remove barriers to affordable housing.
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