Advocacy means supporting and promoting a cause you believe in.
At Habitat for Humanity, we advocate to change policies and systems so that we can eliminate barriers to adequate, affordable housing. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Building is part of the solution, but the less visible aspects of housing like laws, regulations, systems and rules about land and the build environment are critical components as well. Sustainable and inclusive policies and systems can promote access to decent housing, while others can create barriers.
Habitat’s approach to advocacy is based on decades of on-the-ground experience and policy expertise. From our deep understanding of housing and its central role in providing opportunities for families, we work to reform laws in a non-confrontational, nonpartisan way.
Habitat has helped families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership for more than four decades. Since our founding in 1976, Habitat has served millions of people, and there’s no question that our work has made a significant impact throughout the world.
But it’s not enough. Despite being one of the world’s most prosperous countries, Canada struggles with a housing and environmental crisis. It’s a problem that affects us all. But we can be part of the solution. In addition to lifting our hammers, we must also lift our voices in support of adequate, affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin recognizes that sustainable affordable home building alone will never achieve the goal of eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Advocating for inclusive policies and systems that promote access to decent housing is critical to achieving our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.