The current session of Congress will be an ongoing series of difficult budget and policy decisions— perhaps more than any other in recent memory. Please take a moment to reach out to your senators and representatives and ask them to consider the impact of Habitat’s good works as they deliberate on the tough decisions they’ll have to make.
Tell Congress you stand with Habitat
The current session of Congress will be an ongoing series of difficult budget and policy decisions—perhaps more than any other in recent memory. Please take a moment to reach out to your senators and representative to let them know you stand with Habitat, and to ask them to consider the impact of our good works as they deliberate on the tough decisions they’ll have to make.
The bottom line is that Habitat can and should continue to play a key role in helping our country climb out of the housing crisis, protecting and promoting the values of homeownership, and setting an example with responsible lending to qualified families.
Stand with Habitat for Humanity
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a constituent, and a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, I'm writing to make sure that you and your staff know about Habitat, the work they do around the world, and the important role they'll play in digging our nation out of the housing crisis.
Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country work to help low- and middle-income families become homeowners following a smart and time-tested model. It's a common misconception that Habitat "gives away" homes to those in need. In fact, Habitat families invest an incredible amount of "sweat equity" into their homes, and they keep current with mortgage payments -- at a rate far exceeding typical homeowners -- because they are buying homes they can afford financed by fair and reasonable loans.:: The housing market collapse has demonstrated that Habitat's model is successful. Habitat partner families succeed because they have mortgages they can afford and because they invest their hearts, souls and labor into building or rehabilitating their homes.:: The answer to the ongoing housing crisis is reducing the inventory of vacant homes by selling them to responsible borrowers at affordable prices. There's no better affordable model for doing that than Habitat's, so it's critical that federal homeownership programs continue. :: Homeownership is critical to local tax bases, many of which have property taxes as their primary revenue streams. Reducing vacant inventory and increasing property values will assist struggling municipalities to make ends meet without bailouts or other federal interventions.:: Homeownership is an indicator of family stability and associated with improved health and education, greater family self-sufficiency, and stronger civic engagement. No one does a better job of promoting responsible homeownership than Habitat.:: Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people.I'm certain your office will be hearing more from me, and from other Habitat supporters, in coming months. We ask that you consider both the short- and long-term impact of our work as difficult budget decisions continue to come up.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity visit Habitat.org, contact Habitat's Office of Government Relations and Advocacy at HFHIAdvocacy@habitat.org, or call Christopher Ptomey at (202) 628-9171 ext. 4911.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]