Advocacy

Morris Habitat Advocacy Mission

2021 Advocacy Agenda 

Over 35 years, Habitat partners, donors and volunteers have built, rehabbed, or repaired more than 600 homes for over 2,000 people around the greater Morris County area as well as in places around the world. But the crushing need for safe, adequate, and affordable shelter continues to grow.

In response to this need, we need to challenge the systems that cause poverty housing, in addition to building new homes.

We need to embrace a call to action to put shelter on the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Our grassroots base of tens of thousands of people can support these efforts. With our encouragement, they can be moved to take up the pen and lift their voices—as well as their hammers—to eliminate the cause of substandard housing.

Morris Habitat has been committed to ensuring families have access to affordable homes for decades. We recognize that we must continually work to create an enabling policy environment to realize our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

In addition to our direct construction and renovation work in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable shelter, we have the ability – and, now more than ever, the responsibility – to promote concrete, practical public policy housing solutions, ensuring that more families can find appropriate, quality, affordable housing in New Jersey and across the U.S.  As leaders with tremendous housing knowledge and experience, we advocate for a broad range of public policies. Read more here.

Advocacy activities

  • Habitat on the Hill – February
  • HCDN-NJ Legislative Day – June
  • Hammer for Change event – elected officials kick off for #CostofHome campaign
  • Education and information of staff, board, volunteers, supporters – June 12, 2019
  • Mobilization of supporters to change certain hou

Urge Congress to move swiftly to pass a COVID-19 relief package that supports Habitat for Humanity’s key priorities!

 

Your Voice Matters –
Other Ways to Take Action:

1. Save HUD funding.
Call, write, or visit your member of Congress today. Tell them that Congress has an important opportunity to make a difference in supporting low income families. They can provide affordable housing and homeownership opportunities through sound policies, access to mortgage capital and smart tax reform.
A. Tax Reform
Ask them to ensure that tax reform does not undermine access to adequate affordable housing or nonprofits’ ability to meet critical human needs.
B. Funding for federal programs
Ask them to support FY18 appropriation requests for the following programs that enable Habitat for Humanity and other organizations to extend homeownership opportunities.

  • Fund the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) at $15 million in the FY18 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill.
  • Fund HOME at $1 billion in the FY18 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill.
  • Fund the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) at $1.1 billion in the FY 18 Labor-HHS appropriations bill.

2. Volunteer to help Build a Thriving New Jersey.
Work to get your municipal, county and state legislators to endorse the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s campaign. If we build homes we can afford, and revitalize the communities where we work and live, we can Build a Thriving New Jersey. Our families, friends and neighbors are the heart of our state and the backbone of our economy. If we can’t afford to live here, we can’t get our economy back on track.