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Use these resources to learn more about policy solutions the Cost of Home campaign is working to achieve, the need for home affordability and the ways local Habitat organizations are addressing the need for home affordability in their communities. 

 

Cost of Home policy platform

The goal of the Cost of Home campaign is to increase home affordability for 10 million people by influencing policies and systems at the local, state and national level.

This includes policy solutions to increase the supply and preservation of affordable homes, equitably increase access to credit, optimize land use for affordable homes, and ensure access to and development of communities of opportunity. Read more in the Cost of Home policy platform.

Cost of Home federal policy agenda

The Cost of Home federal policy agenda outlines 10 high-impact federal policy solutions that Habitat will collectively advocate for under the umbrella of the Cost of Home campaign to significantly improve access to safe and affordable homes over the next five years.

Learn more about opportunity vouchers and federal incentives to accelerate state and local zoning reforms — two of the top priorities in the campaign’s federal policy agenda. 

State of affordability fact sheets

With nearly 18 million U.S. households paying half or more of their income on a place to live, advocating for home affordability is as important as ever. Find more about the need in your state or others by viewing the collection of state of affordability fact sheets.

Local policy successes

These case studies serve as examples of how Habitat organizations have successfully sought to identify and advocate for policy solutions to affordable housing challenges in their communities, and as a guide for successful advocacy. While each profile and policy might not be an effective solution for every community, the case studies provide an outline for how organizations can create lasting change for their service area through advocacy.

Increasing the supply and preservation of affordable homes

Equitably increasing access to credit

Optimizing land use for affordable homes

Ensuring access to and development of communities of opportunity

Raising our voices: Habitat for Humanity launches Cost of Home campaign to improve home affordability for 10 million people in the United States

June 11, 2019

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. In response to that challenge, Habitat for Humanity is launching its first-ever nationwide advocacy campaign in the United States.

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Advocacy

Habitat for Humanity does more than build. We also advocate to change policies and systems to improve access to adequate affordable housing. Learn how and how you can get involved.

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