Let Your Voice Be Heard
Advocacy is defined by Habitat for Humanity 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. Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Learn more about Habitat for Humanity International’s Advocacy program here.
We encourage Habitat supporters to learn about and advocate for, affordable housing on a local and national level.
Affordable Housing Crisis in Asheville
The need for affordable housing is great and growing in Asheville where housing costs (to buy or rent) have returned to pre-recession prices, there is a vacancy rate of less than 1%, and a rapidly growing population. Too many people that work in Asheville, can’t afford to live in Asheville.
Click here to read various essays in the Mountain Xpress that answer the question: “What would it take to solve the Asheville area’s affordable housing problem?” Among them is the opinion of our Executive Director Lew Kraus and another from one of our homeowners, Shannon Kauffman.
Click here to read the Bowen report commissioned by the City of Asheville, as well as the 5 Year Consolidated Plan that identifies needs and priorities for housing and community development activities for the next five years.
Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country rely on the important work of national service members through programs like AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. For the past 20 years, these members have helped manage, organize and lead thousands of Habitat volunteers, or support the daily operations of affiliates. If funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is cut as proposed by some in Congress, the capacity of Habitat affiliates to serve partner families would be greatly reduced. Click here to tell Congress to adequately fund CNCS in the fiscal year 16 budget to help Habitat fulfill its mission.