Homeownership Advocacy: Affordable Housing Needs Your Voice & Support.

As a volunteer and advocate for Habitat for Humanity and its mission to make homeownership accessible to more families in need, I am sharing the below advocacy letter that everyone can send to their state and local representatives. Homeowners of the future need more affordable options, and programs that support the financing, development and programs that make housing opportunities possible.

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Dear US Senator Warner,

I believe that home is where opportunities begin. A decent, stable home
is the foundation for everything from making the most of educational
opportunities to improved physical well-being and financial health. In
this great country, everyone capable of becoming a responsible
homeowner should have that opportunity. You can help make that possible
by enabling access to credit so that working families can get
“right-sized” loans that allow them to afford safe and decent
housing.

Expanding homeownership opportunities builds a stronger economy for
everyone. After all, robust housing markets mean higher property values
and local tax revenues, more job opportunities and healthier
communities. I also understand that the economy would recover even more
quickly if we enable a large group of potential responsible homeowners
to buy their first homes.

As Habitat homeowners across the country have demonstrated for many
decades, the right-sized loan given to a prepared first-time homeowner
opens a door to a brighter future for the homeowners, as well as their
neighbors, communities, and the economy as a whole. Resources that
support sweat equity models like Habitat for Humanity’s have proven to
be one of the most effective and cost-efficient investments that the
federal government can make in our communities. Since grants were first
issued in 1997, HUD’s SHOP program (the Self-Help Homeownership
Opportunity Program) has proven the power of public-private
partnerships as every dollar of a federal grant to Habitat leverages no
less than six dollars of private support for property acquisition and
infrastructure development.

Please support efforts to make first-time homeownership available for
responsible homeowners through vital federal grant programs, such as
SHOP, HOME, USDA 502 Direct, National Housing Trust Fund, the Capital
Magnet Fund, and the New Markets Tax Credit, as well as loan support,
such as through the Federal Housing Administration.

Thank you for supporting a strong economy by promoting responsible
homeownership.

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Real Barriers to Homeownership

New entrants to homeownership will need more financial education resources, training and financing programs to help navigate the process and become successful homeowners. First time homebuyers, millennials, new immigrants, minorities, women head of households are all projected to be the demographic types that will drive housing demand in the future. New focus, financial literacy programs, housing programs and credit access methods will be key to successfully serving the new housing market.

“If you get, GIVE. If you learn, TEACH.”

-Maya Angelou
4/4/28 – 5/28/14

 

Homeownership Advocacy: Affordable Housing Needs Your Voice & Support.

As a volunteer and advocate for Habitat for Humanity and its mission to make homeownership accessible to more families in need, I am sharing the below advocacy letter that everyone can send to their state and local representatives. Homeowners of the...Read More

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