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Memphis Habitat Attends Habitat on the Hill 2014

Memphis Habitat Attends Habitat on the Hill 2014

Staff travels to Capitol Hill to advocate for affordable housing  


Staff members from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis traveled to Washington, D.C., Feb. 11-13 to join more than 200 Habitat for Humanity leaders and supporters for the eighth annual Habitat on the Hill legislative conference and day of action to urge lawmakers to back policies and programs that help Habitat address the issue of substandard and poverty housing.

During the event, attendees heard from experts, including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, on affordable housing and its future; participated in workshops to bolster local and organization-wide advocacy efforts; and met with legislative representatives to champion programs and policies that help thousands of low-income families gain access to affordable and safe homes every year.

“The opportunity to gather for three days in Washington, D.C. to focus on affordable housing and the impact that programs such as SHOP, HOME, the Weatherization Assistance Program, AmeriCorps and Community Development Block Grants have on Habitat’s ability to serve families nationwide is essential,” said Liz Blake, senior vice president of advocacy, government affairs and general counsel at Habitat for Humanity International. "With the future of funding so uncertain, we must meet with our representatives and be the voice of Habitat on policy issues that are critical to the communities we serve.”

Memphis Habitat Executive Director Dwayne Spencer; Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships Julie Romine; Director of Marketing and Communications Jessica Hord; and Partnership Manager Mary Claire Borys attended the conference.  

“Habitat on the Hill provides local affiliates the opportunity to learn from policy makers and administrators, such as Secretary Donavan, and also allows us to bring local work and impact to the attention of those on Capitol Hill,” Romine said. “It is so important to be able to sit down face-to-face with legislative staff and share the stories of the families we serve, their needs and how national policies can affect our ability to address those needs. Our hope is that through our advocacy efforts federal, state and local leaders will better understand the need for affordable housing and critical home repairs.”

In addition to Secretary Donovan, speakers at the conference included Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and columnist for The National Journal; and Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.

To learn more about Habitat on the Hill or for more information on Habitat for Humanity’s advocacy initiatives, please visit

To get involved with Memphis Habitat’s advocacy efforts, contact Mary Claire Borys at

Posted by Jessica Hord at 10:34 AM
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