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.

Habitat for Humanity encourages advocacy because it works and is essential in expanding access to affordable housing.

Advocacy efforts raise awareness and spark public dialogue—bringing much needed attention to an issue that has often been overlooked.

All across the country, Habitat affiliates are engaging in robust advocacy initiatives with great success! At Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, we know that by raising our voices in addition to our hammers—we can address the affordable housing needs in our community!

Local:

  • Easing the burden of impact fees to encourage private sector development of affordable housing and help keep Habitat homes low-cost.
  • Expedited permitting for affordable housing developments. Delays in permitting can be costly to Habitat and other affordable housing developers.

State:

  • Protect the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund and ensure that funds are used for their intended purpose, affordable housing.
  • Advocate for increased tax-credit allocation for the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program, which Habitat uses to partner with businesses for new home construction projects.

Federal:

  • Increase federal funding of programs that support affordable housing development.
  • Support the creation of a Federal Affordable Housing Task Force.

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Families served since 1984

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Individuals served since 1984

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Cost burdened homes in Lee County

Together, We Build.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties has partnered with over 1,600 families to make homeownership a reality for nearly 4,000 individuals since being chartered in 1982. Though we are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished so far—there are still 107,000 cost-burdened households in Lee County. A cost-burdened household spends 30% or more of total income on housing, often sacrificing spending on crucial necessities. For many of these families quality food, adequate healthcare, higher-education, and reliable transportation are out of reach due to excessive housing costs.

At Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties we know that when the cost of your home is your family’s future, the cost is too high.

Join us as we take a stand and declare our commitment to making cost of home something we all can afford. Start the conversation on social media using the hashtag #CostOfHome.

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