Habitat for Humanity describes 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.
Though not visible in the construction process, laws, regulations, and appropriations play a significant role in Habitat’s work. Smart policies can help lower production costs, increase available housing, and encourage private sector participation. Other policies can create unnecessary barriers for affordable housing development—often limiting the number of families Habitat can serve.
Advocacy is about influencing public policy, raising awareness, and putting an end to harmful misconceptions. All of which supports Habitat’s vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.