Habitat on the Hill: 2013
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Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors chair, Liz Crossman, and CEO, Jonathan Reckford, with conference attendees meeting with Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska) during Habitat on the Hill 2012.
Habitat for Humanity International’s national legislative conference
During Habitat on the Hill 2013, 260 affiliate staff, board members, homeowners and volunteers conducted more than 300 face-to-face meetings with decision-makers on Capitol Hill.
As we educated them about our work and advocated for federal programs that make a difference, some strong themes emerged:
- Many people believe strongly in our mission, and personal connections run deep.
One congressional staffer even met her husband during a Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project build.
- Budgets are tight.
Many offices cautioned about the looming sequestration and wanted to understand how it will affect Habitat’s work.
- Education is critical.
Many staff members are new, but they are eager to learn about Habitat’s priorities and the work of our local affiliates.
- Our Veterans Build initiative is strong.
The diverse programs being implemented throughout the country resonated deeply with lawmakers.
- Foreign aid reform is needed.
The idea of elevating shelter in U.S. foreign assistance piqued the interest of several offices.
- Many members of Congress were unaware of the potential effects of mortgage regulation on Habitat affiliates.
But thanks to advocacy efforts during Habitat on the Hill, key members are now supporting our work around this pivotal issue.