What is the 3500 Campaign?

  • According to the Housing Affordability Study done by Black Hills Knowledge Network, 35% of local households are paying more 30% of their income toward their mortgage.
  • The goal of the 3500 campaign is to build awareness of the need for affordable homeownership in the Rapid City area.
  • We are partnering with others to have 3500 tiny paper homes assembled and deposited in our box at the East Concourse in the Civic Center on November 9 between 2 PM and 6 PM.

How can I get involved?

  • Spread the word about the campaign prior to the event, and encourage others to bring a house.
  • Assemble your house and bring it to the East Concourse in the Civic Center on November 9 between 2 and 6 PM.
  • Post a picture of yourself (and maybe some friends!) on Facebook or Instagram holding your tiny home or dropping it off with #3500homes.
  • Give involved to ensure affordable housing is available for all.

What is Advocacy?

Habitat for Humanity defines advocacy as changing policies and systems to eliminate barriers to adequate, affordable housing in order to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Smart policies and systems can promote access to decent housing, while other policies and systems may create unnecessary barriers. These barriers may make it harder than it needs to be to find land for construction, build the home itself or be able to afford a place to live.

Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Why Advocate?

In short, because it works.

Advocating on behalf of those living in poor conditions is a priority for Habitat. We wholeheartedly believe that a decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, success and health that might have been part of a family’s life for years, if not generations.

To address that level of need, we invite you to advocate with us for housing policies and systems that address the global need for housing.

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