At Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, our vision is of a region where everyone has a decent place to live. While we build and repair homes in pursuit of that vision, we also advocate for policies and systems that eliminate barriers to safe and affordable homes.
Everyone deserves to build the foundation for a stable, healthy future for themselves and their families — no matter who they are, where they live or how much money they earn.
As an organization, we have long advocated for our homeowners and for increased housing affordability in our city. Now, we are asking you to join us by joining the #CostOfHome movement
Families across the U.S. are paying too high a price to cover the cost of home.
Rent and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, but wages are not keeping pace. Too many families struggle to make ends meet. In cities, suburbs, and rural areas, the stability that home should bring remains out of reach for many families.
At Habitat for Humanity, we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30% of their income on a home. But today, nearly 19 million U.S. households pay 1/2 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. Health care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation.
Now, as the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold, the number of families struggling to make ends meet is only growing. Housing policy is influenced by decades of systemic racism. Habitat's Cost of Home campaign calls for policymakers to acknowledge and address the well-documented historic patterns of racial discrimination in housing and land use policies — at all levels of government — that still impact the makeup and opportunities of our communities.
We declare our commitment: Habitat for Humanity will work to ensure that no family has to pay more than half of their paycheck to cover the cost of home.
Over the next 5 years, we will join Habitat organizations, our partners, our volunteers, and community members across the country to find the solutions and help create the policies that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs.
The time is now
Use your voice to encourage others to vote and tell candidates that no family should have to spend more than half their income on housing.
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