When you advocate on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, you join people in your own community and all over the world who support additional access to safe and affordable housing.
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.
In 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.
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Habitat for Humanity of Washington State’s legislative priorities for 2019 are: (1) Build More Homes; (2) Build More Affordable Housing; (3) Recognize Homeownership as an Affordable Housing Solution. We firmly believe that homeownership is affordable housing.
As such, we have companion bills SB 5025 and HB 1168 routing through the legislature, which would create a 10-year exemption on sales, use, and real estate excise taxes on materials and 3rd party labor used in the construction of self-help homeownership units for low-income home buyers. If passed, the savings realized would allow us (and others) to significantly increase our annual housing production. Use the links below to provide your support for the bill. You will provide your name, address and, if you’d like, a comment as to why you support this bill.
Habitat homeowner Denise Nicole provided testimony in support of SB 5025 at its public hearing in January.
Habitat homeowner Becca provided testimony in support of HB 1168 at its public hearing in January.
We also support SB 5746 and its companion bill, HB 1834, a pair of Housing Trust Fund reform bills that will create more equity for affordable homeownership development. SB 5746 SB 5746 is championed by the Washington Affordable Homeownership Coalition and supported by Washington REALTORS and their Unlock the Door campaign. To provide support and/or comment on this bill, use the links below:
Unlock the Door
Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity is proud to support Unlock the Door, a coalition working to create affordable and accessible homeownership opportunities in our state.
Share your story with the coalition and help educate our elected officials about how the housing crisis and lack of housing stock impacts our communities.
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In the meantime, visit our blog to learn about our recent advocacy work or read about Habitat for Humanity International’s advocacy work.