Habitat for Humanity - New York City

Advocate for NYC Housing

Build Louder!

Habitat NYC’s mission is to transform lives and our city by building quality homes for families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. And while Habitat has built more than 310 homes locally and more than 600,000 globally, it would still take us 5,536 years to meet the current need for affordable housing.

That is why we challenge governments, faith communities, corporations, and volunteers to raise their voices and pens as well as their hammers to solve the housing crisis here in New York City and across the globe! Join us in building a movement to eradicate poverty housing from our communities and neighborhoods. Become an Advocacy Ambassador to take the next step in Building Louder.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is the action of supporting a cause or proposal to change systems, structures, policies, or attitudes. You are calling on someone with power to take action. That power can derive from different sources — from an elected or legal mandate, or from popular support and the power of numbers.

Why Should I Advocate?

While necessary, it is not sufficient to only raise awareness to make lasting social change. You also have to shape public policy that will sustain that change within institutions. That means getting informed about housing issues, calling and writing your elected officials and voting.

How Does Habitat NYC Advocate?

Habitat NYC as an organization does not endorse specific candidates or political parties. We support broad-based and practical policy solutions that stand the best chance of producing and preserving the largest number of affordable homes for New Yorkers. We work in partnership with more than 200 religious, educational, civic, labor and business groups to build common ground for housing justice for all New Yorkers.

What Does Habitat NYC Advocacy Look Like?

Habitat NYC mobilizes our volunteers and advocates to make their voices heard through online, on paper, and in person opportunities to Build Louder. These include sending emails through our Housing Justice Action Center Alerts, signing paper house postcards through our Hammer & Pen campaigns, and participating in special events such as lobby days and public demonstrations.

What Impact Has Habitat NYC Volunteers Made?

Over the years, Habitat NYC has led and participated in multiple advocacy campaigns that have had major impacts on New York City’s affordable housing landscape. These include:

A $200 Million increase in the 2008 – 2009 State Housing Budget
Inclusionary Zoning – 15,000 units of affordable housing
Renewal and Strengthening of NYC’s rent regulations in 2011
Preservation of New York State’s Foreclosure Prevention Services Program in 2012
Influencing the creation of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace plan - $7.5 Billion over 10 years to build or preserve 165,000 units of affordable housing

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Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.

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Homeownership Information Sessions

Learn more about our homeownership program by attending one of our information sessions!

For more information about upcoming sessions, email homeownership@habitatnyc.org or call (646) 779-8846.

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