Become a Habitat for Humanity Advocate
Families across the Northern Shenandoah Valley are paying too much for safe, affordable housing.
Generally speaking, families should not pay more than 30% of their household income on housing-related costs. Rules and regulations about land and building have a major effect on access to housing. In places where there are smart policies in place, there is more access to decent housing. In other places where there are counterproductive policies and systems, there can be barriers that make it difficult for people to find land for construction, build the home itself or be able to afford a place to live.
Habitat for Humanity serves as a voice for people in need of decent housing by working to change laws and shape policies that affect access to housing. 1 out of every 8 Virginians are classified as burdened or significantly cost-burdened by housing costs.
Our advocacy approach is based on decades of on-the-ground experience and policy expertise. With our deep understanding of housing and its role in providing opportunities for families, we seek to reform laws in a non-confrontational, nonpartisan way. Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.