Lexington Habitat Aims To Improve Home Affordability Through New National Advocacy Campaign

LEXINGTON (June 20, 2019) – One out of every nine households in Kentucky spends more than half its income on housing, often foregoing basic necessities such as food and health care to make ends meet. The stability that housing should bring continues to remain out of reach for many people.

Lexington Habitat for Humanity is joining other Habitat affiliates across the country to launch a new national advocacy campaign aimed at improving home affordability for 10 million people in the U.S. over the next five years. The Cost of Home campaign seeks to identify and improve policies and systems through coordinated advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.

“We have over 30 years of experience in affordable housing and we know that smart housing policy and a system that enables us to preserve existing housing stock and put homeownership within reach of more people is critical,” says Rachel Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO. “Before shovels ever hit the ground, we need laws and regulations that pave the way toward land acquisition, efficient building and affordable homeownership.”

Cost of Home focuses on improving housing affordability in four areas: increasing supply and preservation of affordable homes, equitably increasing access to credit, optimizing land use for affordable homes, and ensuring access to and development of communities of opportunity. More details about the Cost of Home policy platform are available at habitat.org/costofhome.

ABOUT LEXINGTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has been building, preserving and repairing homes in Lexington for over 30 years. Lexington Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage, and low income homeowners have the opportunity to repair and preserve their homes. Through financial support, volunteering, donating to or shopping at one of our Lexington ReStore locations or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.lexhabitat.org.