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Act now

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 17 million U.S. households were paying half or more of their income on a place to live. 

Now, as the significant economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold, the number of families struggling to make ends meet is only growing. Every family deserves the chance to thrive. Help us make that possible.

Tell Congress to act now for housing

Join us in helping to ensure that families – no matter who they are, where they live or how much they earn – have access to a stable, affordable place to call home.

Use our simple form to email your members of Congress and urge them to prioritize housing investments that increase the stock of affordable homes, spark the revitalization of left-behind neighborhoods and help low-income families and communities of color rebuild and prosper. Together, we can help make the #CostOfHome something we all can afford.

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View a snapshot of the innovative ways that Habitat’s network is advocating across the nation and the resulting achievements. 

Show your support for housing affordability

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A stack of Cost of Home cards. The first one reads, "A home shouldn't cost anywhere near half your paycheck."

Social media graphics

Download and share these ready-made graphics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and help us spread the word.

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A stack of Cost of Home cards. The first one reads, "A home shouldn't cost anywhere near half your paycheck."

Printable signs

Use these signs to show your support around your community.

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A stack of Cost of Home cards. The first one reads, "A home shouldn't cost anywhere near half your paycheck."

Customizable signs

Print out these posters to fill in with your own words of support.

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Housing affordability by state

Choose a state on the map below to see data on the need for home affordability. You can also view data on the overall U.S. Share on Twitter to raise awareness and tag your policymakers to advocate for policy solutions.

Want to get involved locally? Find local Habitat organizations implementing the Cost of Home campaign on the solutions page.

What does your day look like when half or more of your income goes toward rent or mortgage? Through our interactive Cost of Home experience, you can walk through the difficult decisions households have to make as they work to cover all of their other costs.

Be sure to share this experience on social media as you advocate for housing affordability. Check back as we add more households.

Experience the Cost of Home

1 in 7 households in the U.S. pay half or more of their income on a place to live, an issue only heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our interactive Cost of Home experience, you can walk through the decisions a household has to make as they work to cover all their other costs. Could you help them make it work?

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