Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity joined Habitat organizations across the country to launch a new
national advocacy campaign aimed at improving home affordability for 10 million people in the U.S. over the next five years.
Cost of Home focuses on improving housing affordability across the housing continuum in four specific policy areas: increasing supply and preservation of affordable homes, equitably increasing access to
credit, optimizing land use for affordable homes, and ensuring access to and development of communities of opportunity.
We know the complexities that surround the cost of a home. We also know the struggle, stress, and pain of far too many families in our communities. And we know that those with the fewest resources are forced to make the hardest choices.
Marking significant growth in Habitat’s commitment to ensuring that everyone has a safe and decent place to call home, the Cost of Home campaign seeks to identify and improve policies and systems through coordinated advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.
- Affordable housing can improve health outcomes by freeing up family resources for nutritious food and health care expenditures.
- Stable, affordable housing may increase children’s opportunities for educational success.
- Nationwide rents hit an all-time high in June 2018, crossing the $1,400 threshold for the first time ever.
- Increases in the median sales price of existing homes have outstripped growth in median household income for six straight years. The price of a typical existing home sold in 2017 was more than four times the median income.
- Virtually nowhere in the U.S. can a full-time employee earning minimum wage afford a one-bedroom apartment.
- Cost-burdened households with children spend on average $190 less on food and 70 percent less on health care when compared with similar households living in affordable homes.
- Living in unsafe or unsanitary homes is related to greater emotional and behavioral problems among children and adolescents, and poor housing quality is also related to poorer school performance for older children.