It is with great enthusiasm that Habitat for Humanity recognizes Congress for passing the Kids in Disasters Well-being, Safety, and Health Act of 2007. The WISH Act, which was strongly supported by Habitat, creates a national commission on children and disasters that will include a housing expert as a member, assess housing recovery and other needs of children and their families following disasters, and will make recommendations to improve future government responses to post-disaster needs, including housing.
There is no doubt that children are among the most vulnerable individuals in the wake of a disaster or emergency. This commission offers the opportunity to achieve significant disaster recovery reforms, ensuring that children and families affected by future disasters have the tools necessary to rebuild their homes and lives.
Mark Shriver, vice president and managing director of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Representative Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) should also be thanked for the strong leadership they provided in support of this initiative.
Habitat for Humanity completed an online campaign that helped recruit more than 8,500 volunteers who advocated for this post-disaster housing legislation in the U.S. Congress. These online advocates and all others who supported the act must be commended for their critical role in ensuring that children affected by disasters will now receive the protection they need. This is a tremendous victory and Habitat will continue to support efforts that change systems, policies and attitudes that move us toward achieving decent housing for all.
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 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .