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 hurdles for affordable housing developments—limiting the number of families Habitat can serve.
Advocacy is about shaping public policy and dialogue in a way that supports those in need of decent, affordable housing.
To do this, we must use our collective voices to educate decision makers, empower those impacted by housing challenges and publicly champion affordable housing friendly policies.