News Release: Habitat For Humanity International
Tallahassee, FL (020614) – Wes Singletary, Executive Director for Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, will travel 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 will hear from experts, including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, on affordable housing and its future, participate in workshops to bolster local and organization-wide advocacy efforts, and meet with their 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.”
“Bringing issues that affect affordable housing in this community directly to our national leaders is an important endeavor,” said Dr. Singletary, “and I look forward to doing so.”
In addition to Secretary Donovan, speakers at the conference include: 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.
Big Bend Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit ecumenical ministry dedicated to the elimination of substandard housing and homelessness in Leon and Gadsden Counties.
To learn more about Habitat on the Hill or for more information on Habitat for Humanity’s advocacy initiatives, please visit www.habitat.org/gov.