Today in America 1 in 6 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.

Beginning June 12th Habitat for Humanity is launching our “Cost of Home Campaign.” We are mobilizing with other Habitat chapters, volunteers and community members across the country. We will help push for policies that will give people in Washington access to affordable housing, and we need your help!

Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to influence adequate affordable housing solutions by changing systems, policies, and attitudes to achieve decent housing for all. Our success depends on operating within an environment that supports the work that Habitat is doing. Advocacy around the world and here in King County is more important than ever as we work towards solutions for the housing crisis.

King County

>8.7% increase in the median selling price for single family homes (excluding condos), during the last year.

March 2017: $560,000 vs. March 2016: $514,975

50% of renters cannot afford (<30% of household income) the average rent for a 2 bedroom unit

10,688 people were homeless on January 29, 2016 between 2-5 am

Through advocacy, Habitat volunteers and supporters can amplify our impact and increase access to decent, affordable housing. We encourage you to take every opportunity to raise your voice along with your hammer to show your support for the cause of affordable housing. Together we can create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Raise Your Voice


Let lawmakers know you stand with families partnering with Habitat to build a better future. Take a few minutes of your time to advocate for affordable housing! Learn more>>

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SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, USA (9/19/15)-Habitat for Humanity partnered with Valspar, Habitat’s national paint partner, and Wells Fargo to launch the project between September 19-26.  A Brush with Kindness Week is a nationwide effort to transform neighborhoods by painting, landscaping and providing minor exterior home repairs in partnership with low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly or have a disability.  The event brought together more than 2,000 volunteers to help more than 150 families in 24 states.  In Saint Paul, Minnesota, volunteers painted a US map with all of the participating locations.   © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein

Opportunities to get involved with advocacy activities at Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County! Learn more>>


WASHINGTON, DC, USA (2/3/16)-Heather Lafferty (left), Executive Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Ann Padilla-Parras (second from left), Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, and HFHI's Tjada McKenna (second from right) met with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (left) on the second day of Habitat on the Hill 2016.    Habitat on the Hill 2016 marked Habitat’s 10th annual legislative conference, during which advocates for decent housing, including Habitat staff members, board members, homeowners, volunteers and youth from across the country, gather in Washington, DC.  They discussed Habitat’s legislative priorities and held face-to-face meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.   © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein

Resources on how to contact your legislators and stay up to date on affordable housing issues! Learn more>>