We need your help to make sure our elected officials know that veterans need a real chance at homeownership. Please ask your members of Congress to honor our veterans by protecting affordable homeownership.
Stand up for veterans and protect affordable homeownership!
The housing crisis in America has hit veterans particularly hard. In 2008 alone, foreclosure rates in military communities increased by four times the national average. The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans is a staggering 15 percent, compared to 9 percent for the general public. Hundreds of thousands of new veterans are relying on savings and unemployment checks to make ends meet and support their families.
Please make sure that we honor the men and women who serve our country. Take action—ask your member of Congress to protect affordable homeownership today.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Please stand with Habitat for Humanity to support veterans. As your constituent, I sincerely hope you'll join us and give veterans a real chance at homeownership.The housing crisis in America has hit veterans particularly hard. In 2008 alone, foreclosure rates in military communities increased by four times the national average. Despite only 8 percent of Americans claiming veteran status, 20 percent of homeless Americans are veterans. We can't fail these men and women -- we owe them too much.Two federal programs vital to enabling Habitat to serve more families -- including veteran households -- are the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) and the Section 4 Capacity Building program. In addition to providing critical resources for purchasing property, developing infrastructure, and building local housing production capacity, Habitat multiplies every grant dollar with five to 10 dollars of private investment in local communities. With the veteran population growing rapidly, and with communities still struggling to overcome the effects of the housing crisis and economic recession, now is not the time to withdraw investments in our neighborhoods. Please maintain FY12 funding for SHOP at $27 million and for Section 4 at $50 million.As you participate in difficult budget and policy decisions in the coming months, please keep in mind that Habitat's work goes far beyond supporters like me. Habitat's model of "sweat-equity," reasonable loans and community focus makes homeownership possible for people across the country, and serves our veterans and military families. Every returning hero deserves a chance at safe and decent housing. We must do more to help them.Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]