Rules and regulations about land and building have a major effect on access to housing. In places where there are smart policies in place, there is more access to decent housing. In places where there are uniformed policies and systems, there can be barriers that make it difficult for people to find land for construction, build the home itself, or be able to afford a place to live.
Here in the nation’s capital, volunteers have a unique opportunity to advocate for Habitat at both the local AND national levels by urging elected representatives to D.C. government and U.S. Congress to support access to housing. Tell them you’re concerned about the need for more affordable housing — owned and rented — here and across the country. Express your support for government funding to help create homeownership opportunities for lower-income working families. And support other policies that impact the availability of decent, affordable homes for those who need them.
In D.C., there are already a number of great organizations you can join and support who are working to meet the housing needs of low-income families. We work closely with the following groups and organizations to achieve our policy goals:
- The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) — CNHED leads nonprofit community development organizations in ensuring that residents with low and moderate incomes have housing and economic opportunities in neighborhoods throughout the District.
- Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) — The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is to create and preserve opportunities for affordable housing and economic development and to revitalize underserved communities in the District of Columbia.
- DC Affordable Housing Alliance — The DC Affordable Housing Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the availability of affordable housing in the District of Columbia. They are dedicated to promoting policies, programs, and resources that support the successful development, preservation, and operation of housing and related programs and services.
- Housing Advocacy Team (HAT) — The mission of HAT is to join with others to create a constituency of concerned neighbors and friends who will act as a powerful voice to influence public policy and resource allocation for affordable housing and asset building in the District, with a particular focus on affordable homeownership.