Advocate

In addition to building and preserving safe, quality, and affordable homes, GDM Habitat advocates for funding, policy, and systems change.

Advocate

help habitat build louder

Advocates show up. They support the causes in which they believe, and work to influence community leaders to adopt policies and transform systems. Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity engages in affordable housing advocacy to ensure our leaders make informed decisions, facilitate connections between legislators and constituents, and empower homeowners and volunteers to make their voices heard. Greater Des Moines Habitat cannot do this alone; we ask for, and welcome, your voice.

the cost of home

Over the next five years, Habitat commits to mobilizing local Habitat organizations, partners, volunteers, and community members across the country to find the solutions and help create the policies that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs. Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is participating in this much needed advocacy campaign to ensure everyone can afford the cost of home.

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Advocacy priorities related to the COVID-19 pandemic

At the federal level, Congress is working rapidly to pass a series of bills that provide much-needed relief to families and businesses facing hardship due to COVID-19. On March 6, they passed an $8.3 billion package providing medical equipment and supplies. The second relief bill, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, passed on March 18 and will provide 14 days of paid sick leave and enhanced unemployment benefits, among other health and food security measures. Yesterday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced foreclosure relief. Now Congress is actively drafting third and fourth packages to stimulate the economy.

Earlier this week, Habitat for Humanity International shared with Congress recommendations for immediate-term solutions to inform these conversations and forthcoming stimulus bills. These recommendations, developed with input from local Habitat organizations, include mortgage payment forbearance for three to six months, grants to nonprofit lenders to enable extended periods of payment forbearance, a national moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, and more. In addition, HFHI has signed onto a letter from the National Council of Nonprofits and a letter from the country’s leading nonprofits urging Congress to provide relief for nonprofits in their upcoming stimulus packages.  

State and local governments are also adopting policies to help families through this challenging time. California authorized local governments to halt evictions, slow foreclosures and protect against utility shut offs. Miami, New York City and Los Angeles are among cities that have announced they will suspend evictions until further notice. Several localities, including Phoenix and Birmingham, Alabama, are suspending water shutoffs, alleviating fears for families who would lose water services if they are unable to pay a bill.

family stories

Tem & Lia

“This is our house, this is our home and it will make our lives better. We are thankful for Habitat in helping us buy a house.”

Sai

“As a homeowner, I will feel confidence. I will be powerful. I will be able to take care of my kids and help them be successful.”

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