Take action for affordable housing

Rules and regulations about land and building have a major effect on access to housing. Our advocacy approach is based on decades of on-the-ground experience and policy expertise. In our deep understanding of housing and its role in providing opportunities for families, we seek to reform laws in a non-confrontational, nonpartisan way. But we need your help to make it happen.

No family should have to spend more than 30% of their income on a home. But nearly 19 million US households pay half or more their income on a place to live. Almost half of all New Yorkers pay more than 30% for housing, and in the Capital District nearly 30% of our neighbors are burdened by the cost of home. This is unacceptable.

Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone can afford a decent place to live. Advocates and policymakers must acknowledge and address the well documented historic patterns of racial discrimination in housing and land use policies, at all levels of government, that still impact the makeup and opportunities of our communities.

How do we make the cost of home something we all can afford?

Increase the availability of affordable housing, in environmentally sound areas by advocating for zoning and code regulations. >>>

Promote economic and social opportunities, including secure jobs with livable wages & common-sense benefits. >>>

Promote viable & affordable transportation options that make it easier for people to use public transit, walk, and bike for daily activities. >>>

Preserve affordability and prevent the displacement of current residents, including the promotion of shared-equity. >>>

Advance the environmental resiliency of our neighborhoods to the threats of climate disasters. >>>

Increase access to fair and sound credit and promote strong consumer protection against predatory lending practices. >>>

Support policies that strengthen stability for renters and homeowners, including tenure security policies and tax relief programs. >>>

Address the homeownership gap for Black communities and historically marginalized communities. >>>

Expand funding for down-payment assistance, housing counselling and financial education programs. >>>

Reduce land and development costs for affordable housing projects. >>>

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Local priorities

Make your voice heard in our community

You can advocate for affordable homeownership right here in our community. Tell your elected officials and representatives about Habitat for Humanity Capital District and the issues that impact our homeowners and our ability to continue building and serving families.

Impractical zoning regulations can stall affordable housing developments, run up costs and undermine the neighborhood.


Codes regulations around abandoned properties can allow vacant properties to become unsafe eyesores and attract illicit activity. In the South End, we’re working with the South End Community Collaborative’s agenda to give back to residents some power over how the city handles vacant property.


Paid sick leave [read our statement and watch a video here.]

We’ve teamed up with Citizen Action of NYS - Capital District Chapter to ensure every worker has paid sick leave in Albany County.

TAKE ACTION for paid sick leave:

  1. Learn more about paid sick leave by visiting citizenactionny.org/paidsickdays for resources, including what to send your legislator and fact sheets about paid sick days.

  2. Share this graphic with your network, tag the Albany County Legislature & Citizen Action of NYS- Capital District Chapter and share why you believe every worker deserves paid sick leave.

State priorities

National priorities