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Habitat on the Hill 2014

Welcome to Habitat on the Hill! Now in its eighth year, our annual legislative conference is an opportunity for U.S. Habitat affiliates and supporters to gain valuable advocacy knowledge on issues impacting affordable housing and community development, bring that knowledge in front of Congress and take it back to the field. Thank you for joining us remotely. If you missed the live stream, you may watch video coverage of the following sessions.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 8:30 a.m. EST

Session summary:

In the opening plenary of our 2014 Habitat on the Hill conference, Linda Kaufman of Community Solutions’ 100,000 Homes Campaign along with key Habitat leaders presented a vision for true, national and global coordination on breaking down barriers to affordable housing, including through powerful advocacy campaigns.

Ms. Kaufman was followed by Larry Gluth, Habitat’s senior vice president of the U.S. and Canada office, who shared insights into Habitat’s operations before presenting two of the first four annual advocacy awards. After the awards, conference attendees heard from Habitat for Humanity general counsel Liz Blake, who set the stage for a later discussion of Habitat’s first-ever national advocacy campaign. The session was moderated by Stephen Sidel, senior director of global program design and implementation.


Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4:30 pm EST 

Session summary:

In this session of the February 2014 Habitat on the Hill conference, Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford moderated a discussion with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and the chair of Habitat’s international board of directors, Renee Glover. Secretary Donovan addressed the state of housing finance reform and HUD programs like SHOP, HOME and CDBG, which are instrumental in helping Habitat achieve its mission. Ms. Glover discussed the many factors for which “good housing is a precondition,” including education and health. Given the centrality of housing to the well-being of individuals and communities, Ms. Glover encouraged the attendees to “think about housing in a multidimensional way.”