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Habitat on the Hill

Our Executive Director, Daryl Daugs, traveled with a delegation from our state to Washington D.C. in February for Habitat on the Hill legislative conference. This is an annual Habitat event, during which advocates for decent housing, including staff members, board members, homeowners, volunteers and youth from across the country, gather in Washington, D.C., to discuss Habitat’s legislative priorities, attend advocacy and policy-related workshops, and hold face-to-face meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

A record attendance of 355 Habitat advocates met with elected officials from 40 states and national leaders including HUD secretary Ben Carson. Advocacy discussion topics included: Housing Finance Reform, Self-Help Homeownership Programs, the value of AmeriCorps, and the positive "Ripple Effect" of affordable home ownership. The most powerful testimony to elected officials came from Habitat Family Partners like Corinth from Bremerton. Legislators were moved by Habitat Homeowners stories of receiving a "Hand Up - Not a Hand Out" through the foundation of owning a simple, decent, and affordable home. Stories included being able to permanently move off of public assistance, have a safe/stable environment for their children, and being able to pay it forward with other families.


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