HFHI’s Advocacy Campaign Presentation National Leadership Conference January 23, 2009 1.6 billion people live every day in the worst conditions imaginable.
What is HFHI has launched a multi-year advocacy campaign called Build Louder focusing on changing United States policies on the issues of housing trust funds and secure tenure to improve access to adequate and affordable housing around the world .
Meta Message Because more than 1.6 billion people worldwide have desperate and complex shelter needs, Habitat for Humanity is committed to ensuring the opportunity for people to live and remain in housing that is safe and affordable. By partnering with families and advocates to promote responsible policies, Habitat seeks to strengthen communities and reduce poverty throughout the world thus building hope for the secure future God intends for us all.
In some parts of the country, state and local housing trust funds have helped revitalize communities and lift people out of poverty. Still, millions of Americans live in dilapidated and inadequate housing. Housing trust funds (HTFs) are distinct programs, established by legislation, ordinance or resolution to receive dedicated public revenues to be spent on affordable housing. What are Housing Trust Funds?
What is Security of Tenure? Security of tenure is the ability to live in a place without fear of eviction. Insecure tenure often lies at the heart of poverty housing throughout the world. More than 20 percent of the world’s population struggles, on a daily basis, to stay in houses or on land where they live. More than 80 percent of the world’s population does not have legal documentation of their property rights.
1. Place your Build Louder sticker on a hard hat and wear your Build Louder t-shirt to tell your friends about the campaign.
Visit the website www.AdvocateWithHabitat.org to learn about secure tenure and housing trust funds. Find out about the status of the HTF in your area.
3. Sign up to be an online advocate at www.AdvocateWithHabitat.org and use the site to help write a letter to your legislator.
4. Sign up to be an advocacy liaison at [email_address] to receive information about Build Louder and other advocacy initiatives.
5. Use our ready-made materials (slide shows, toolkits, etc.) to organize an event on the worksite, at your workplace, or in your community to support Build Louder.
Bring the Campaign Home Support the campaign by wearing a sticker on your hard hat, this will encourage people to ask questions about the campaign. Support the campaign by wearing your build louder T-shirt at the office, your construction site and/or at the ReStore, and educate your staff/volunteers about the campaign.
Learn more about the issues Learn more about housing trust funds and security of tenure by going to the campaign website www.AdvocateWithHabititat.org . Find out about the status of the housing trust fund in your area or state and the organizations working on them.
www.AdvocateWithHabitat.org With Habitat’s on-line advocacy tool, affiliate staff, volunteers and other supporters can become advocates for Habitat for Humanity’s legislative priorities. This link has been created specifically for HFH affiliates and support organizations so you and your supporters WILL NOT receive fundraising materials from HFHI as a result of signing up as an advocate using the above link. You can forward this link via email onto your volunteers and supporters! By asking them to become advocates as well as volunteers, you will help to give a stronger voice to those in need of a simple, decent place to live. Write a letter to your legislators with the on-line advocacy tool
Sign up to be an advocacy liaison [email_address] A network of liaisons will serve as the point of contact between the Government Relations and Advocacy office and the local affiliate. A liaison will be assigned by the local affiliate to share information about advocacy. This will be one mechanism by which HFHI shares Build Louder information with affiliated organizations.
Organize events Lunch N’ Learn Lunch N’ Learn A Lunch ‘N’ Learn is a training or presentation session that can be offered by an affiliated organization to staff, volunteers, donors and partner organizations during the lunch hour. Participants are asked to bring their lunch to the session. The learning part of the session usually takes about 40 minutes and starts after attendees have finished eating. It can be held at the build site, office, or even at a ReStore. For the Build Louder campaign, Lunch N’ Learns can inform staff, volunteers, and others on the issues of housing trust funds and/or secure tenure while creating a safe and fun place for learning, communication and collaboration. Community Piggy Bank – How a state housing trust fund could work for you Piggy bank replicas could be used to gather petitions, business cards, personal stories and even contributions! A piggy bank image evokes feelings of safety, control and hope. It’s there for you when you need it. It also conveys an idea of shared responsibility and fiscal responsibility. Engraved piggy banks could be given as awards to lawmakers, community leaders, and members of the media who championed the housing trust fund.
We need to make a difference today. Join HFHI’s effort to BUILD LOUDER! For more information contact: Habitat for Humanity International Government Relations and Advocacy Office 1000 Vermont Ave, NW Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20005 [email_address]