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: