Urban poverty is a growing global problem in need of a smarter solution. Please tell your member of Congress to support the SLUM Act to ensure that American aid dollars are spent wisely.
Got a moment to stand up for 1 billion people around the world?
Cities around the world are growing rapidly—and now more than 1 billion people live in slums—but we can play a key role in making sure U.S. aid policy addresses this issue head-on. Please join Habitat for Humanity and call on your member of Congress to support the SLUM Act. This legislation will make sure that U.S. foreign assistance uses taxpayer money smartly to address the reality of housing in our urbanizing world.
Support the SLUM Act: A smarter solution to a global problem
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a supporter of Habitat for Humanity I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor The Shelter, Land and Urban Management (SLUM) Assistance Act of 2011.U.S. foreign assistance programs account for about one percent of the total U.S. budget. Although current budget pressures demand that we use our resources wisely and effectively, the lack of a coherent U.S. policy addressing the growing challenges of global urbanization are undermining critical investments in health care, education, and disaster recovery in developing countries.Conditions associated with slums are abysmal. Inadequate shelter, overcrowding, lack of water and basic sanitation, widespread disease, poor air quality, and higher risk of violence plague the lives of slum dwellers. Rapid urbanization and the growth of slums could lead to water scarcity, food insecurity, environmental degradation, increased instability within developing countries, and long-term financial and national security burdens on the United States. The challenge is only getting greater, with 1 billion slum dwellers today and expectations that this number will grow to 2 billion by 2030.The United States was once an international leader in promoting policies and investments that improved the lives of slum dwellers. However, in recent years the capacity within our civilian agencies to address urban development challenges has diminished significantly. The SLUM Assistance Act will establish sustainable urban development and management as a major objective of U.S. foreign assistance and reinvigorate programs that increase access to tenure security, basic shelter, and urban services and infrastructure. It will also promote the growth of functional housing markets and support reforms that seek to enhance the rights and access to shelter for those disproportionally discriminated against, including women, children and the urban poor.Please support the SLUM Assistance Act of 2011 and thank you for your attention to this important matter.Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]