Policy successes by location and policy focus areas

In four years since the launch of Cost of Home, local and state Habitat organizations have influenced 300+ policy successes.

The Urban Institute’s assessment of policy successes provides evidence that Cost of Home policy and systems change has created measurable transformation in housing affordability in communities around the country.

Check out our interactive maps below to see policy changes in your area and explore our successes by policy focus area and by location.


Local policy successes

Increasing supply and preservation of affordable homes

Equitably increasing access to credit

Optimizing land use for affordable homes

Ensuring access to and development of communities of opportunity

Statewide policy successes

Strategies for housing advocates to effect policy change

Habitat funded the Urban Institute to assess eight policy changes and conduct interviews with various stakeholders. Based on their findings, Urban Institute researchers found six key strategies for change delivering policy and systems change at local, state and federal levels. 

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Database of policy successes

Urban Institute has developed a searchable database of the policy successes and systems changes influenced by local and state Habitat organizations in the four years since the launch of the Cost of Home advocacy campaign.

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Experience the Cost of Home

Nearly 1 in 6 households in the U.S. pay more than half 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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