June marked the 3 year anniversary of Habitat's Cost of Home campaign, our first national advocacy campaign. You've probably heard us talking about "Cost of Home" before, but it seems like the perfect time to remind you what the campaign is all about:
•Through the Cost of Home advocacy campaign, Habitat for Humanity will mobilize local Habitat organizations, partners, volunteers and community members across the country to find solutions and help create policies that will allow 10 million individuals to have access to affordable homes.
•The five-year campaign will improve home affordability by promoting policy and systems change in four key areas: supply and preservation of affordable homes, 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.
•Today, one in seven 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.
•Together, we can make the cost of home something we all can afford. Join us by visiting habitat.org/costofhome.
•Help us build the movement. Ask your network to join us too.