The Cost of Home - Habitat's First National Advocacy Campaign
Safe homes. Nutritious food on the table. Health care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose?
Families all across the United States are paying too high a price to cover the cost of their home. Rents and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, while wages are not keeping pace. Far too often, families struggle to make ends meet. Everywhere you look—cities, suburbs, rural areas—the stability that home should bring remains out of reach for too many families. At Habitat for Humanity, we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on a home. But consider that today over 19 million U.S. households pay half or more of their income on a place to live.
That is unacceptable.
Over the next five years, we commit to mobilizing our local 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.
A Note from our President and CEO, Sandy Pearson
"We are learning advocacy is as important today as it has been in any other time in history. Speaking up and putting a voice to an injustice matters. The truth is, advocacy is simple because it means saying out loud and joining together what you know to be right. That stirring in your belly and the feeling of passion that has your inside on fire.
We, the people, need to step up and do the right things for the right reasons in every aspect of our lives – at home, at work, and to be in service to one another. The more we talk, listen, and take time for relationships, the better we will understand and help one another.
I have met incredible people around the world and everybody ultimately strives for the same thing. They need a roof over their head and a safe place to call home. They need an income-earning job to provide for themselves and their family. They need proper education for their children and their health. Above all, they need a supportive environment that allows them to achieve these things. That’s it.
What I love the most about Habitat is that we are an inclusive, volunteer-based organization that joins people together from all walks of life. We don't segment each other by race, class, ethnicity, income level, profession, religion, and political preference. When we are solving housing issues side by side, we are equal."
Posted March 19, 2018
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Bills We Proudly Supported
House Bill 5182 (2013)
An act that ensures charitable nonprofit housing organization’s unoccupied properties are exempt from property taxes. Once a homeowner partner occupies the property, then property taxes resume. This helps our affiliates allocate more money into assisting families within their community.
House Bill 5786 (2010)
An act that ensures charitable nonprofit housing organization’s retail stores are exempt from property taxes. This assists our affiliates and ReStores with keeping operational costs low so more financial impact can be made in the community.