Advocates join Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, to talk to Members of Congress about the importance of a national housing trust fund
WASHINGTON (June 11, 2008) – Habitat for Humanity International is taking its message about the need for decent, affordable housing for all people to the nation’s capitol, sponsoring the second annual Habitat on the Hill Advocacy and Legislative Conference, June 16-18. The conference is designed to help attendees implement advocacy locally and includes a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill. Nearly 150 Habitat advocates will join Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, and visit Members of Congress on Tuesday, June 17, to discuss key issues, including the importance of passing a national housing trust fund targeted to low-income households.
Housing trust funds have been successful at the state and local levels, leading affordable housing advocates and a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to support the creation of a national housing trust fund. Its passage would provide communities around the country with new federal resources to develop locally appropriate housing solutions.
“The affordable housing crisis in the United States is a national problem requiring solutions from the public, private and nonprofit sectors,” said Reckford. “A national housing trust fund is a perfect example of such a response. Millions of Americans are living in substandard housing, and the creation of a national housing trust fund would allow nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity to partner with more people, in more communities, in an effort to build simple, decent homes—on terms low-income families can afford. I look forward to speaking to Members of Congress about the importance of such a fund and the difference it could make in the lives of countless families.”
In addition to the benefit of providing more homeownership opportunities for low-income families, a national housing trust fund also will help communities create jobs and increase the local tax base. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, an investment of $5 billion in the nation’s housing infrastructure would result in nearly 200,000 jobs. It addition, such an investment could provide an essential and stable financial support local communities need to continue to develop and preserve affordable housing.
Editor’s Note: Media interested in interviewing Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International CEO, on Tuesday, June 17, are asked to contact Heather Fitz at (865) 806-8933.
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 .