Families all across the United States are paying too high a price to cover the cost of their home.

Cost of 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. But consider that today over 18 million U.S. households pay 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 organizations, our partners, our volunteers and community members across the country to find the solutions and help create the policies that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs.

Everyone deserves to build the foundation for a strong, healthy future for themselves and their families — no matter where they live or how much money they earn. Every family deserves the chance to thrive.

Help us make that possible. Help us make the #CostOfHome something we all can afford.

Champion the Habitat cause by writing to our county commissioners and State legislators about the need for more affordable housing in Clallam County.


Clallam County Commissioners

223 E. 4th St. Port Angeles, WA 98362

Randy Johnson - rjohnson@co.clallam.wa.us

Mark Ozias - mozias@co.clallam.wa.us

Bill Peach - bpeach@co.clallam.wa.us

Senator Kevin VanDeWege

212 John A. Cherberg Building
P.O. Box 40424
Olympia, WA 98504

Representative Steve Tharinger

Olympia Office:
JLOB 314
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7904

Representative Mike Chapman

Olympia Office:
132B Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7916