Advocacy

State Advocacy Priorities

Advocating for fair and just housing policies in Iowa. Annually we host the Day at the Capitol event allowing affiliates to speak with their state legislators directly. Check out our events page for the next Day at the Capitol. 

Find your Iowa state legislators here 

1.

Increase access and funding to affordable homeownership. 

Habitat Iowa affiliates are active in new house construction, critical home repairs, energy-efficiency and accessibility upgrades, homeowner education, ReStore, and much more to build up Iowa's homeowners and families.

2.

Expand Iowa's Volunteer Base

Support Volunteer Iowa and other initiatives that promote volunteerism across the state. Through the AmeriCorps State program in partnership with Volunteer Iowa, Habitat Iowa generated 18,893 volunteers and facilitated 102,877 hours of community service in the latest program year.

3.

Incentivize individuals and businesses to support homeownership

Support tax credits and other new forms of support to generate sustainable funding for affordable homeownership. New incentives are needed to address housing and will drive investment in Iowa communities.

4.

Invest in resilient communities

Support organizations that focus on collaboration between public and private entities to promote homeownership solutions. Support neighborhood revitalization, disaster preparedness, and other efforts to strengthen and rebuild communities hit by the economic recession, housing crisis, and other challenges.

National Advocacy Priorities

Cost of Home Campaign

Today, one in six families pay half or more of their income on their rent or mortgage, often choosing between paying for housing or nutritious food, reliable transportation or healthcare needs. That is unacceptable.

Your home shouldn’t cost you anywhere near half your paycheck. Home shouldn’t cost you your health or your children’s education. When the cost of home is your family’s future, the cost is too high. When the cost of home is any family’s future, that’s something none of us can afford.

 

On June 12, Habitat for Humanity will launch our first national advocacy campaign to mobilize local Habitat organizations, partners, volunteers and community members across the country to find solutions and help create policies that will allow 10 million individuals to have access to affordable homes.

 

Over the next five years, the campaign will improve home affordability by promoting policy and systems change in four key areas: supply and preservation of affordable homes, access to credit, land use, and communities of opportunity. Through the campaign, Habitat will look to engage housing advocates, Habitat homeowners, volunteers and supporters — as well as federal, state and local policymakers — to advance access to safe, decent and affordable homes.

 

Together, we can make the cost of home something we all can afford. 

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