“Advocacy means supporting and promoting a cause you believe in.” – Habitat for Humanity
As a Habitat for Humanity State Support Organization, we advocate for changes in policies and systems that would eliminate the inadequate barriers for a safe and decent place for our community to call home.
But isn’t Habitat for Humanity already building homes for the underserved community? Yes! That is one solution to eliminate housing poverty and the housing crisis here in America. However, there are other things to consider such as housing laws, regulations, systems, and rules about the land and environment we build on. These laws and regulations become barriers to which makes it hard to find land to build on, especially here in Hawaii.
Since 1988, Habitat in Hawaii has improved the lives of 657 families. Habitat’s approach to housing advocacy stems from a deep understanding of housing and its central role in providing opportunities, better health and growth for families. Habitat has helped families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter through many decades of on the ground experience and policy expertise.
But that is not enough. Around the world, one out of four people is still in need of a safe, healthy and affordable place to call home. As we raise our hammers, we must also raise our voices and stand up for the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.