Families all across the United States are paying too high of a price to cover the cost of their home.
Rents and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, while wages are not keeping pace. Far too often, families struggle to make ends meet. Everywhere you look - cities, suburbs, rural areas - the stability that home should bring remains out of each for too many families.
At Habitat for Humanity of Island County, we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on a home. But consider that today over 19 million U.S. households pay half or more of their income on a place to live. That is unacceptable.
That means that 1 in 6 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides. Instead, 1 in 6 families are forced to make impossible choices.
Safe homes. Nutritious food on the table. Heath care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose?
Habitat knows the complexities that surround the cost of home. We also know the struggle, stress and pain of far too many families in our communities. And we know that those with the fewest resources are forced to make the hardest choices. We have to take a stand and declare our commitment: No family should have to pay more than half of their paycheck to cover the cost of home.
Over the next five years, the Cost of Home will improve home affordability by promoting policy and systemic change in four key areas: supply and preservation of affordable homes, access to credit, land use, and communities of opportunity. Through this campaign, Habitat will look to engage housing advocates, Habitat homeowners, volunteers, and supporters - as well as federal, state and local policymakers. Together we can help increase access to quality affordable housing!
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Everyone deserves to build the foundation for a strong, healthy future for themselves and their families — no matter where they live or how much money they earn. Every family deserves the chance to thrive.
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