Habitat for Humanity Campaign Advocates for Housing Affordability

June 13, 2019

Nearly 19 million households across the country are spending at least half of their income on housing-related costs. Housing affordability is a rising concern, and Habitat for Humanity is among the organizations looking to mobilize professionals to find solutions.

Habitat for Humanity is launching its first nationwide advocacy campaign, called the Cost of Home, to encourage volunteers, community members, and partners to help shape policies for increased housing affordability.

“For more than 40 years, Habitat has been making safe, decent, and affordable housing a reality, one family at a time,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The challenge in front of us obliges us to do even more. 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.”

The Cost of Home campaign aims to identify and improve policies and legislation through local, state, and federal advocacy efforts. It focuses on four core policy areas: Increasing the housing supply and preservation of affordable homes; increasing access to credit equitably; optimizing land use for affordable homes; and ensuring access to and development of communities identified for opportunity.

More than 200 local and state Habitat organizations across the country have started supporting the campaign in their communities.