Globally, nearly 2 billion people live in slum housing and over 100 million are homeless. In the United States nearly a third of the population has housing problems, including a lack of affordability, overcrowding, unsafe conditions and homelessness. In the state of Alabama there are over 128,000 households that spend more than 50% of their income on housing. While building homes is central to our mission, it is only one piece of the puzzle.
We must raise our voices about these ongoing housing programs with advocacy - so that our mission is taken on by others across our city and nation. This is why we are challenging governments, faith communities, corporations, and volunteers to raise their voices and pens as well as their hammers to solve the housing crisis here in Birmingham and across the globe!
For more information about housing policies and our federal legislative agenda, visit the Habitat International website.
Please take the time to read Habitat's 2016 Shelter Report--Level the Field: Ending gender inequality in land rights, which examines how secure tenure impacts women, specifically in reference to housing, and identifies solutions, best practices, and recommendations for advocates and policymakers alike.
Give the Gift of Home. Houses are not given away. Your tax-deductible donation builds homes in partnership with families in need.
Swing a hammer on a construction site, volunteer at the ReStore or Habitat Office, join a committee - there are many ways to get involved.
Learn more about our Home ownership Program and Home Repair Program.
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