Since 2006 Habitat Mississippi Gulf Coast has hosted 358 AmeriCorps National and VISTA members that have served over 253,000 hours. These members were key to Habitat’s role in the recovery of Hurricane Katrina, and it is hard to imagine how we would have built, rehabbed or repaired the over 1,000 homes that we have in that time without them. They served in Harrison, Jackson and Stone Counties, leading and working alongside the more than 27,000 volunteers that graciously worked 504,444 hours with us. The proposed White House budget would cut all funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the corporation that funds the AmeriCorps program that so many non-profits, like Habitat for Humanity, rely heavily upon.
It is important that members of Congress, especially those that make funding decisions, understand the value of this program. These members of Congress must understand that Habitat for Humanity relies heavily on AmeriCorps members and if the program were eliminated, it would significantly reduce the number of families that we can serve.
We are asking our supporters and advocates to reach out to contact members of Congress and urge them to support adequate funding for these critical programs in the fiscal year 2018 budget.
Habitat works hard to build strength, stability and self-reliance on the Gulf Coast, and we couldn’t do it without supporters like you.