Habitat Texas and Advocacy
Get the word out on these facts using social media. Tag your legislators and #txlege.
Quick Facts based on TDHCA’s Low Income Housing Report.
- 190,018 children experienced homelessness in 2013
- Veterans homelessness rates are going down
- 5,812,512 individuals in Texas live below 125% of the poverty line
- 2,514,307 Texans are between 30-80% of area median income, the targeted population of working Texans Habitat serves.
- 1,464,665 of targeted populations has a housing need, defined as overcrowded, poor conditions, or cost-burdened.
- 41,233 of Texans in Habitat’s income bracket lack kitchens and/or plumbing
- 1,233,026 of Texans in Habitat’s targeted income range are cost-burdened with housing, aka more than 30% of income to housing.
- Stress at one level of housing continuum creates stress downstream: Because higher income households often reside in units that could be affordable to the lowest income households, there are fewer units available at a cost that is affordable to lower income households.
- About 67 families are served annually through the Texas Bootstrap Loan Program.
Resources for Habitat Texas Members
We have developed many resources for affiliates to engage with elected officials and we are expanding those resources in 2018 and beyond. The most important resource, however, is YOU. Consider these action items:
- Talk to volunteers on job sites about housing need in your community
- Attend forums and town hall meetings to ask about housing
- Use social media to engage lawmakers. Tag @habitattexas and #txlege for state level
- Schedule meetings with your local, state and federal law makers, offering to serve as a resource for housing
- Follow up meetings with invitations to tour and attend your events
- Come to Austin for Day at the Dome and other legislative events
Remember, always be nonpartisan and do not endorse candidates. Follow the law!
This study is useful in grant writing, press releases, and social media posts. Download the entire report here:
Engaging your board, volunteers, and neighborhoods in voter registration drives that you can mobilize when the time comes. Remember though, we are NOT partisan, so know the rules. No endorsements of any political party or candidate, ever. We talk about issues, which is critical to Habitat’s mission. Here are some resources to download:
Habitat Texas’ advocacy agenda is set by affiliates. Planning is underway for the 2019 legislative session. Based on previous years’ agenda, the next will include an update to TDHCA’s Bootstrap Loan Program and property tax exemption extended for nonprofits.
One thing we will consider: The appetite to request property tax refunds for nonprofits who lease their facilities from a landlord.
Advocacy begins in the home district: with you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Use this interactive map to let lawmakers know how Bootstrap affects their district. If you don’t use Bootstrap, let them know that more resources would help your affiliate access it better. (Plus, your Habitat family needs you, even if you don’t use it).