Habitat’s advocacy efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Cost of Home campaign works to address the U.S.’s staggering housing affordability and housing stability issues. The abrupt arrival of the novel coronavirus and its effects on the country’s health and economy have only compounded the need for this vital housing advocacy work.

Habitat for Humanity quickly expanded our existing advocacy efforts to help the millions of individuals in the U.S. now struggling with housing insecurity as a result of the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Use this tracker to stay up to date on innovative ways that Habitat’s network is advocating across the nation. Check back often for updates and to learn how Habitat is leading housing advocacy across the U.S.

You can also read more about some of our past Cost of Home campaign advocacy achievements.

Indiana graphic with communities icon.

Revived mortgage crisis fund for homeowners, established new funding for renters

Habitat Indiana worked with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to reinvest in an existing mortgage assistance fund for Indianans facing COVID-related financial hardship. The success of that effort paved the way for the creation of a similar statewide assistance program for renters.

Washington state graphic with communities icon.

Helped stabilize homeowners through financial assistance and counseling

Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity secured CARES Act funding from their local city and county governments to address the rising insecurity among homeowners in their community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio icon: communities of opportunity

Procured funding to help renters remain stably housed during the pandemic

Habitat for Humanity MidOhio, the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio and the city of Columbus partnered to use supplemental Community Development Block Grants from the CARES Act to help low-income families make rent and stay in their homes.

Iowa icon: communities of opportunity

Extended protection for families at risk of eviction or foreclosure

Habitat Iowa successfully advocated for the funding of both the State Housing Trust Fund as well as eviction and foreclosure prevention measures to ensure that Iowans continue to not only have access to shelter but can sustain it.

Oregon success: housing supply

Secured emergency funding for homeowners

Habitat Oregon successfully led efforts to extend state and federal emergency relief for thousands of homeowners in the state affected by the coronavirus.

Minnesota success: housing supply

Activating advocates virtually for housing funds

Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities quickly made their annual lobbying day happen online, and ended up with a record number of participants working to secure emergency housing funding.

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