We are Habitat
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is known for its continuous efforts to pave the way for leading a brighter future for families in need. Since 1976, Habitat has built, rehabbed or repaired more than one million homes in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. In addition to our direct service work, Habitat advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow.
The Office of Government Relations and Advocacy (GRA) leads Habitat’s efforts to advocate for systems, policies and attitudes that advance adequate, affordable housing around the world. Based in Washington, DC, the GRA team builds the organization’s advocacy capacity by providing the global Habitat network with strategic direction and support to effect change and allow Habitat to serve more families. Additionally, the GRA team maintains relationships with m embers of Congress, government agencies, nonprofits, international organizations, and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. and around the world to inform, advocate, educate, and provide linkages to the field. The GRA team also works directly with the more than 1,100 Habitat for Humanity affiliates and 26 affiliate support organizations in the U.S., supporting their efforts to influence public policy related to home affordability at the municipal and state level.
The Cost of Home campaign, launched in June 2019, is a coordinated response to increase access to decent, affordable housing in communities large and small across the country. The fiveyear campaign will develop, align and harmonize advocacy activities and resources within Habitat’s network of affiliates and affiliate support organizations to change policies and systems in ways that improve housing affordability, stability and access at the national, state and local levels.
What will you build?
As the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Fellow, you will volunteer on a wide array of projects related to Habitat’s U.S. policy and advocacy tied to the Cost of Home campaign. In this position, the Fellow will work with the state and local team to support the administration and review of Cost of Home network challenge grants, including supporting the analysis of reporting from FY 2021 and FY 2022 Challenge Grantees, as well as the FY 2023 Request for Proposals. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to support Habitat affiliates across the nation in identifying and understanding policy priorities for their advocacy agendas, track and research housing policy at the state and local level, and support the federal government relations team on specific federal priorities as needed. The Fellow will play an important role in the planning implementation of Habitat’s annual policy conference, Habitat on the Hill.