Take Action for Affordable Housing

Statewide Action

Mobilize. Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina will hold its second annual Legislative Day on June 1, 2016, on the Halifax Mall at the General Assembly, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Starting with visits to legislative leaders and your own representatives, the day will also feature some friendly competition between the House and Senate: a Hammer Contest (a timed event to see who can drive five nails into a stud the quickest) and the annual Wall Building (hence the studs). (After the event, the walls will be delivered to Habitat Wake for use in one of its homes.)

Please call the HHNC office at 919-622-8470 and speak to Greg (or email gkirkpatrick@habitatnc.org) in order to volunteer to make that day a huge success in terms of turnout and impact. Plan to come to Raleigh on May 31 for a preparatory day of how best to carry strategic messages about Habitat’s needs to your legislators.

Sustain & Increase Public Financing. Last year, Habitat affiliates across the state used approximately $10MM of HOME funding and other public financing made available to them through the NC Housing Finance Agency. This support is absolutely vital if Habitat is going to continue to build and renovate housing for people with few other options.

Our focus will be not only on maintaining the level of funding in the NC Housing Trust Fund, but also to attempt to increase the level of public financing for home construction and infrastructure for neighborhoods.

Maintain the ban on Predatory Lending. We have worked closely with the Center for Responsible Lending on ensuring that North Carolina continues to be a leader in disallowing harmful lending practices that put our prospective and existing homeowners at risk. With the pending CFPB ruling on payday lending nationally, we need North Carolinians to work to keep payday lending out of North Carolina altogether.

Federal Action

Habitat on the Hill, February 1-3, 2016, was our chance to meet with our legislators and advocate for increased HOME funding, SHOP funding, and for maintaining the current allocation for the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps/Vista). North Carolina’s delegation of Habitat representatives numbered 15, and we made a total of 50 visits to our representatives and their aides.  Representative David Price helped host a congressional reception on Wednesday, legislative day. We thank him for his graciousness in making us feel welcome!

Sign the National HOME Letter by March 1!

Right now, Congress is starting to draft its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Appropriations bills, including funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program. It is critical that HOME supporters let Congress know why HOME is so important to our communities and the families we serve.

Please sign the National HOME Sign-On Letter by March 1

The HOME Coalition encourages all national, state, and local organizations to sign onto the national letter and share it with other organizations, government officials, and advocates.

Share this Action Alert on social media.

For over 20 years, HOME has proven to be one of the most effective, locally driven tools to help states and communities address their most pressing housing challenges. Despite this success, HOME has been cut in half in recent years from more than $1.8 billion in 2010 to $900 million in 2015. These cuts have only made it more difficult for America’s most vulnerable residents–including low-income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and those experiencing homelessness–to access safe, decent, and affordable housing.

For more information, check out the HOME Coalition website or visit Enterprise’s #SaveHOME campaign site. If you have any questions, please contact Althea Arnold (aarnold@ncsha.org) or Sarah Mickelson (smickelson@enterprisecommunity.org).