Nearly 19 million households across the United States are spending at least half of their income on a place to live, often foregoing basic necessities like adequate food and health care to make ends meet. The stability that housing should bring remains out of reach for many.
In response to that, Habitat for Humanity International is launching the Cost of Home campaign to mobilize volunteers, community members and partners to find solutions that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs.
“Visiting homes in Clarksville and hearing from residents about the high cost of renting I’ve seen firsthand the awful conditions many of our neighbors are living in,” said Rob Selkow, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County. “These issues are just as real in Clarksville as they are in the inner cities.”
To work toward the day that everyone has a safe and decent place to call home, the Cost of Home campaign seeks to work on policy, and support legislation through coordinated efforts at the local, state and federal levels.
“Not only will Habitat lift our hammers to build affordable homes, we will lift our voices as one to declare that every family should be able to afford the cost of home” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.
The Cost of Home policy platform focuses attention on four core policy focus areas that are critical to solving the nation’s home affordability challenge: increasing the supply and preservation of affordable homes, equitably increasing access to credit, optimizing land use for affordable homes and ensuring access to and development of communities of opportunity.
More than 200 local and statewide Habitat organizations across the country have already signed on to implement the campaign in their communities.