Today across Washington, 1 in 7 households will spend more than half of their income just on housing. Having such a large percentage of people’s income going towards housing often forces people to choose between housing and food, or housing and childcare. This needs to change. Your home shouldn’t take half your paycheck. Nobody should have to choose between a place to live or their child’s education. When the cost of home forces people to pick between housing or their children’s future, you know we have a problem.

In 2019, we launched a “Cost of Home” campaign. Together with Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country, we are mobilizing volunteers and community members to help us push for policies that will give more people more access to affordable housing. And we need your help!

Over the next five years, the campaign will improve home affordability by promoting policy and systemic change in four key areas: supply and preservation of affordable homes, access to credit, land use, and communities of opportunity. Through this campaign, Habitat will look to engage housing advocates, Habitat homeowners, volunteers, and supporters — as well as federal, state, and local policymakers. Together we can help increase access to quality affordable housing!

To learn more about how you or your company can get involved, reach out to Ryan Donohue, Advocacy and Policy Director at or  206-577-7949.

Our colleagues at Habitat for Humanity International Government Relations & Advocacy put together an in-depth analysis of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This COVID-19 relief and economic recovery package includes significant housing assistance for both homeowners and renters impacted by the pandemic.

The bill has several components relevant to Habitat and the communities and families we serve. It includes $9.96 billion for a Homeowner Assistance Fund to prevent defaults and foreclosures for homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. The fund has been a top federal advocacy focus for Habitat for Humanity and our Cost of Home campaign since the pandemic began last March.

These and other key elements of the bill are described in detail on our blog.