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Become an Advocacy Ambassador!

Take Action! Be the Change! Build Louder!

Habitat LA’s mission is to build hope, lives and communities by building, renovating and repairing homes for people in need as well as uniting individuals around the importance of affordable housing. That is why we challenge government, faith communities, corporations and volunteers to raise their voices and pens along with their hammers to solve the housing crisis here in Los Angeles County and across the globe!

Join us in building a movement to eradicate poverty housing from our communities and neighborhoods and to realize our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Become an Advocacy Ambassador to take the next step in Building Louder.

What is Advocacy?

Habitat for Humanity defines advocacy as changing policies and systems to eliminate barriers to adequate, affordable housing in order to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. There is a lot we can do:

  • Become an Advocacy Ambassador
  • Protect federal programs that support Habitat (read more)
  • Act now: Save AmeriCorps (read more)
  • Show your support for HOME (read more)
  • Help protect SHOP (read more)

Why and How Habitat LA Advocates

While not visible like homes themselves, laws, regulations and rules about land and building are a major part of housing. Smart policies and systems can promote access to decent housing while other policies and systems may create unnecessary barriers. The barriers may make it harder than it needs to be to find land for construction, build the home itself or be able to afford a place to live. The essence of advocacy is not accepting shortcomings in current policy, but rather working to shape it in a way that supports people in need of adequate housing.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 households spend more than half of their income on housing.
  • 29% of renters and 14% of homeowners spend more than half of their income on housing in California.
  • Most qualified California households cannot access rental assistance.
    • 491,000 of low-income households receive rental assistance.
    • 1,652,000 of low-income households go unassisted.
  • 77% of extremely-low-income households spend more than half of their income on housing.
  • 48% of very-low-income households spend more than half of their income on housing.
  • 18% of low-income households spend more than half of their income on housing.

How You Can Help!

To advance its advocacy agenda, Habitat LA encourages its volunteers, donors, friends and supporters to contact their elected representatives to share the impact that safe, sustainable and affordable homes have on millions of Americans each year and urge responsible policies that will address the serious lack of affordable housing.

Become a Habitat LA Ambassador.

Raise your hammer and your voice to call attention about the need for safe, sustainable and affordable housing for all. Sign up for periodic action alerts and important updates; invitations to advocacy events and opportunities to voice your support.

Legislative Issues

Learn about current public policies aimed at restoring a dedicated funding source for affordable housing. We’ll help you stay informed so you can hold your local officials accountable. Click here to learn more.

In The News

Keep up to date with recent news, articles, and press releases related to affordable workforce housing in California. Click here to learn more.

Non-Profit Lobbying: A Protected Right

The U.S. Constitution, Congress and the IRS protect the rights of non-profits to engage in advocacy and legislative lobbying. For more information click here