Today, one in six families pay half or more of their income on their rent or mortgage, often choosing between paying for housing or nutritious food, reliable transportation or healthcare needs. That is unacceptable.
Your home shouldn’t cost you anywhere near half your paycheck. Home shouldn’t cost you your health or your children’s education. When the cost of home is your family’s future, the cost is too high. When the cost of home is any family’s future, that’s something none of us can afford.
Habitat for Humanity-Spokane is joining Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country to launch a new national advocacy campaign to address housing affordability: Cost of Home.
In Spokane County alone, nearly 45% of renters are paying half or more of their income on shelter costs.
Over the next five years, the Cost of Home campaign aims to improve home affordability for 10 million individuals by influencing policy and system changes at the federal, state and local levels focused on supply and preservation, access to credit, land use, and communities of opportunity.
Through the campaign, Habitat will look to engage housing advocates, Habitat homeowners, volunteers and supporters — as well as federal, state and local policymakers — to advance access to safe, decent and affordable homes.
Together, we can make the cost of home something we all can afford.
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