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Habitat for Humanity launches online advocacy tool to help encourage affordable-housing policies in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2007) — Habitat for Humanity International has launched an online advocacy tool on the organization’s Web site to allow supporters to voice their opinions to U.S. policymakers on issues related to affordable housing.

“Elected officials listen to the priorities of those they represent,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This tool will allow people to advocate for affordable housing by telling their members of Congress that every man, woman and child should have a safe, decent and affordable place to live. This effort supplements our mission of building houses with those in need and allows us to serve even more families by advocating for policies that support decent homes low-income families can afford.”

According to the United Nations, nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide live in substandard housing. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, in the United States alone 95 million people — nearly one-third of the nation — have housing problems including paying a large percentage of their income for housing, overcrowding, poor-quality shelter and homelessness. The online initiative is part of Habitat for Humanity’s growing focus on raising awareness of poverty housing issues in the United States and worldwide. Habitat’s overall advocacy focus is on raising awareness and changing attitudes that create additional affordable-housing opportunities by encouraging and facilitating action to change the systems that lead to poverty housing.

Habitat for Humanity’s online advocacy pages allow visitors to learn about congressional bills related to affordable housing, identify their own elected officials, and send messages encouraging their officials to vote in favor of policies that support affordable housing. Those who register on the site will receive e-mail alerts when housing-related legislation comes up for a vote in the U.S. Congress.

The online advocacy tool is accessible by visiting www.habitat.org and selecting “Be an Advocate” under the heading of “Get Involved.” The site can be accessed directly at: http://www.habitat.org/gov/take_action/default.aspx

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.