Nearly 300 advocates gathered in Washington, D.C. for Habitat for Humanity’s annual legislative and advocacy conference: Habitat on the Hill: Build Louder. Serve Louder.
The people and the purpose
Habitat for Humanity International’s sixth annual advocacy and legislative conference brought together hundreds of Habitat leaders, advocates, volunteers and supporters from across the country.
Participants were equipped to identify new opportunities for raising funds and resources for their affiliates and recognize how advocacy can help achieve those goals.
In addition, participants heard speeches from Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Col. David Sutherland, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (principle focus on Warrior and Family Support), and Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford.
Meetings on the Hill
Participants met with members of Congress to talk about the issues that deeply matter to Habitat.
Programs critical to Habitat’s work, like SHOP (Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program) and Section 4 Capacity Building, have received significant cuts in recent months. Other programs, like AmeriCorps and VISTA national service, are at serious risk of complete elimination.
There was also a focus on Habitat’s Veteran’s Initiative which serves veterans and military families by helping them develop housing solutions, and by offering them volunteer and employment opportunities.
This year, Habitat on the Hill was more important to the local work of Habitat affiliates than ever before. By meeting with members of Congress early in an election year, Habitat was in the best position to influence decisions that can help stabilize neighborhoods in communities across the nation.
Thanks to our sponsors
The premier conference sponsor for Habitat on the Hill 2012 was The Home Depot Foundation. Other event sponsors included Owens Corning, PG&E, The Travelers Institute, and the Mortgage Bankers Association.