Habitat applauds the recent bipartisan relief package, which offers important housing support, hard-fought for by advocates, but more action is still needed for long-term stability. Policymakers at all levels of government must continue their efforts to long-term housing needs of families across the U.S. and invest in housing as the foundation to economic and societal recovery.
Habitat is committed to bridging divides. We have a strong record working with both sides of the aisle to achieve meaningful legislation that protects and provides housing stability. We’re asking all elected officials to prioritize housing in the days ahead and into the future. We have one goal and one voice. Habitat implores local, state and federal officials to act now for housing.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 17 million U.S. households were already spending half or more of their income on housing. The pandemic greatly exacerbated our housing affordability crisis, including the risk of eviction, foreclosure and bankruptcy.” These threats disproportionately impact communities of color.
At a time when a safe and decent home has never been more important, millions of American families need action to make the cost of home something we all can afford.
As newly elected and re-elected leaders plan their 2021 agendas, members of Congress, the executive branch, governors, state legislators, mayors, and city and county councils must prioritize investments in housing as infrastructure and a vital part of economic recovery.
Habitat’s priorities for long-term housing investment:
Elected officials at all levels of government must:
- Include robust funding to build affordable homes in economic recovery.
- Prioritize policies that ensure that access to safe, healthy and affordable housing is equitable by rectifying legacies of systemic housing discrimination, closing racial gaps in homeownership and ensuring communities of opportunity for all.
Habitat is committed to continuing its housing advocacy through working with elected officials at all levels of government to find and implement policy solutions that will enable access to affordable homes for 10 million people in the U.S. over the course of the five-year Cost of Home campaign.