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Each year, Habitat on the Hill unites hundreds of Habitat staff, volunteers, homeowners, and partners from across the country in Washington D.C. to meet with legislators to advocate for affordable housing. Three representatives from Asheville Habitat- two staff members, including a Habitat homeowner, and a volunteer- will be meeting with NC lawmakers, and we need your help from Asheville to amplify our message on Capitol Hill.

We are asking for increased funding for the federal programs vital to Habitat’s work that are at risk of being cut in next year’s budget. Programs like SHOP and HOME are critical for funding the expensive infrastructure costs of Habitat neighborhoods, while CNCS oversees the AmeriCorps program whose members provide invaluable support for our Home Repair and New House Construction programs. With 1 in 3 people nationwide paying more than 30% of their income towards housing, the problem extends well beyond Buncombe County. These programs enable Habitat and other housing organizations to reach more families who need a decent, safe place to live. 

No matter where you are on February 13 you can participate in Virtual Hill Day, and join a chorus of thousands speaking up for federal programs that support the work Habitat does in your community and around the country.

Here are three simple ways to get involved Feb. 13 for Virtual Hill Day:

Click for sample messages to tweet directly at your members of Congress. Be sure to tag your members of Congress.

Personalize this pre-populated email to send a message to each of your members of Congress.

Use our talking points when you call your legislators to share that Asheville Habitat has traveled to the Hill to advocate for home affordability, and that – by calling in – you are joining them to add your voice!

Family-Friendly Affordable Buncombe

The sale of Mission Hospital is estimated to bring in $15 million in tax revenue to Asheville City and Buncombe County. The Family-Friendly Affordable Buncombe initiative is proposing strategic investments to build a more prosperous community for all- in preschool, frequent and reliable transportation and affordable places for working families to live and grow.

SIGN the petition here and use your voice to support investment in families.

Family-Friendly Affordable Buncombe is an initiative by the Asheville-Buncombe Preschool Planning CollaborativeSuccess Equation, and the Asheville Regional Transit Coalition to leverage the unique opportunity provided to our community by the sale of Mission Health in order to make our region more affordable for Buncombe County families and workers.

About Advocacy at Asheville Habitat

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.

Use Your Voice!

If you would like to use your voice to help Habitat and support smart housing policies, please sign up for our Advocacy Alert email list and/or text alerts. These lists enable us to mobilize our supporters to act quickly on issues that are important to our organization and the people we serve. From your mobile phone, text buildlouder to 51555 to register for text alerts. Click below to sign up for the email list.

Past Advocacy Efforts

  • 2017 National Housing Week of Action
  • HOME & CDBG
  • Affordable Housing Crising in Asheville
  • Save HOME Save Service (AmeriCorps) Access to Credit

WNC Resources

The WNC Social Justice Advocacy Guide provides a comprehensive list of resources and allies around Western North Carolina dedicated to addressing social justice. This collection of nonpartisan organizations and nonprofits is for those wishing to learn more about specific issues, to establish connections with other groups, and to peruse volunteer opportunities. The Jubilee! Community’s Social Justice team began this site in 2018.