Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria’s mission of building simple, decent, affordable housing goes beyond constructing a home. We strive to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of affordable housing and change the systems that cause it.
Our affiliate is committed to promoting affordable housing policies both locally and on a global level. We work with Habitat for Humanity International’s multi-year advocacy campaign to influence U.S. policies in order to improve access to adequate and affordable housing around the world.
Families all across the United States are paying too high a price to cover the cost of their home.
Rents and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, while wages are not keeping pace. Far too often, families struggle to make ends meet. Everywhere you look—cities, suburbs, rural areas—the stability that home should bring remains out of reach for too many families.
At Habitat for Humanity, we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on a home. Before COVID-19, over 18 million U.S. households were paying half or more of their income on a place to live. That is unacceptable.
That means that 1 in 6 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides. Instead, 1 in 6 families are forced to make impossible choices.
Safe homes. Nutritious food on the table. Health care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose?
Habitat knows the complexities that surround the cost of home. We also know the struggle, stress and pain of far too many families in our communities. And we know that those with the fewest resources are forced to make the hardest choices. We have to take a stand and declare our commitment: No family should have to pay more than half of their paycheck to cover the cost of home.
Over the next five years, we commit to mobilizing with other Habitat afilliates, our partners, our volunteers and community members to find the solutions and help create the policies that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs.
The current session of Congress will be an ongoing series of difficult budget and policy decisions— perhaps more than any other in recent memory. Please take a moment to reach out to your senators and ask them to consider the impact of Habitat’s good works as they deliberate on the tough decisions they’ll have to make. Use this pre-populated email to help you get started. Speak out!
Michael Gilmore, US House of Representatives
State governments are facing unprecedented financial and budgetary challenges. But Habitat for Humanity can and should continue to play a key role in helping states climb out of the housing crisis. Please take a moment to tell your governor and your legislators to protect Habitat for Humanity. Use this pre-populated email to help you get started. Speak out!
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos