The issue: housing affordability
As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Fauquier Habitat has joined the Cost of Home National Advocacy Campaign to work alongside housing advocates, Habitat homeowners, volunteers and supporters, and our local government to find the solutions and help create the policies that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs.
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. At Fauquier 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.
That means that 1 in 6 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides. Instead, 1 in 6 families are forced to make impossible choices.
Safe homes. Nutritious food on the table. Health care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation.
Which would you choose?
Habitat for Humanity knows 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. We have to take a stand and declare our commitment: No family should have to pay more than half of their paycheck to cover the cost of a home. Everyone deserves to build the foundation for a strong, healthy future for themselves and their families — no matter where they live or how much money they earn.
Every family deserves the chance to thrive.
How can I help?
Visit www.habitat.org/costofhome to learn more about this nationwide campaign.
Join one of our committees and directly influence Fauquier Habitat's role in the affordable housing movement.
Volunteer on our local build site.
Donate to Fauquier Habitat to support our efforts to build affordable housing.