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