Washington DC, February 6, 2023— Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN (HFHSCMN) will join hundreds of local Habitat organizations and affordable housing advocates in-person this week for Habitat for Humanity’s annual legislative conference, Habitat on the Hill.
During the three-day, D.C.-based event, advocates will convene and meet with Congressional leaders to draw attention to and discuss actionable solutions to housing affordability challenges faced by rural, suburban, and urban communities across the nation.
This year the conference is focused on themes highlighting advocacy for impact, with special emphasis on advancing Black homeownership and addressing the historic low supply of affordable homes.
HFHSCMN will meet with Brad Finstad, Tina Smith, and Amy Klobuchar to discuss federal solutions that will help increase access to affordable homeownership in every state including MN/South Central MN.
Sondra Herman, Executive Director of the HFHSCMN affiliate states, “Through our advocacy efforts, we’ve been successful in implementing the use of USDA Rural Development funds in the rural communities of our service area, but there is still more work to be done. We are calling on Congress to support the bipartisan Neighborhood Homes Investment Act and robust funding for vital housing and community development federal programs.” “Through continued advocacy efforts, we hope to expand our programming locally to increase the positive impact on the communities and families we serve. Funds provided through the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, USDA Rural Development, and other federal programs can make a great impact on our ability to address the barriers to affordable housing that exist in our communities” says Herman.