Your home shouldn’t cost you anywhere near half your paycheck.
Home shouldn’t cost you your health. Home shouldn’t cost you your kids’ education.
We know 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.
Rent 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 far 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. But consider that today nearly 19 million U.S. households pay half or more of their income on a place to live.
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 in the United States is forced to make impossible choices between a safe home and nutritious food, healthcare, or reliable transportation. In Lenawee County, it is 1 in 5.
That is unacceptable.