#CostOfHome Together, we can help make the #CostOfHome something we ALL can afford.

When the cost of a home is your family’s future, the cost is too high.

Nearly 19 million U.S. households today pay half or more of their income on a place to live.

That means 1 in 6 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides. 1 in 6 families are forced to make impossible choices between a safe home, nutritious food, health care, access to good schools or reliable transportation.

When the cost of a home is your family’s future, the cost is too high. And when the cost of home is any family’s future, that’s something none of us can afford. That’s why Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City is joining hundreds of Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country for our first national advocacy campaign: Cost of Home.

Help us make the Cost of Home something we all can afford.

Your voice has influence. By sharing your support of the need for home affordability to policymakers at all levels of government, you are helping us make the #CostOfHome something we all can afford.

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Cost of Home Focus Areas

Bold action is needed to address the increasing cost of housing and to support the residential needs of low-income individuals and families nationwide, which is why Habitat for Humanity has launched Cost of Home, a national advocacy campaign. Over the next 5 years, Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City will engage housing advocates, Habitat homeowners, volunteers and supporters, as well as federal, state and local policymakers to advance access to safe, decent and affordable homes by focusing on four key issues.

Supply and Preservation

Almost every area in the U.S. faces a shortage of safe, decent and affordable homes, particularly ones available to those earning modest incomes. This campaign will support advocacy for policies that enable the production and preservation of and access to homes affordable to lower-income households.

Land Use

Land is often among the greatest costs encountered in developing homes, whether for rental or for ownership. The Cost of Home support advocacy for land acquisition, use, and development related policies that bring down the cost to build, and otherwise stimulate the production and preservation of affordable housing, promote fair housing, and fully reflect community needs.

Access to Credit

Credit is difficult, if not impossible, for many households to access, and minority and lower income applicants often do not have access to credit at all or have access to only predatory credit. The campaign will support advocacy for policies that increase and broaden access to safe and sound credit for underserved populations.

Communities of Opportunity

As communities experience increasingly new development and investment, they need systems in place to preserve affordability and prevent the displacement of current residents. The campaign will support advocacy for policies that protect and strengthen neighborhoods and enable communities to thrive.

Kansas City Needs Your Help

Right now, there are 13,000 families in Kansas City who do not have access to safe, affordable housing.

We believe 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. Help us make that possible. Help us make the Cost of Home something we all can afford.

Use the links below to get involved today.

Download the Cost of Home Toolkit

This tool kit provides you with some quick and simple information about the Cost of Home campaign and how you can get involved.

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When you donate to Habitat KC, your gift supports local families in need and helps to make the Cost of Home something we all can afford.

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