Advocacy

 

“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.

 

 

 

 

Hawaii Advocacy for Housing

 

Hawaii Habitat works alongside state policymakers to advocate for affordable housing development policies. Help advocate with Hawaii Habitat today.

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Act Now. Make a Change.

 

Act now by using your voice to make a change in housing affordable policies. Learn how you can write and submit testimony to your lawmakers.

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U.S. Advocacy for Housing

 

Because of Habitat for Humanity’s national network, our organization is uniquely positioned to influence policies and systems on a federal level. 

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Advocacy 101


 

 

Find Your Passion

Turn your passion for a cause into a purpose.
Most of the time, people use their lived experiences as a motivation to advocate for what they strongly believe in.

 

Stay Informed

Research and stay informed. Sign up for newsletters, research through legitimate websites, and follow current events about a cause. Gathering knowledge of a cause will prepare you to engage in debates and raise awareness.

 

Find Your Advocating Style

Find a way to push the message of a cause across the world.  There are ways to communicate a message and it could be through the use of social media, blogging, marching down to the White House—choose a style that best fits one’s personality and cause.

 

Use Your Voice

Using your voice is the first step to being an advocate. It means you are taking action. It is the action of speaking up for yourself or your peers. Whichever advocacy style you choose, use your voice, and share your story.