Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity aims to improve home affordability

In Jackson, over 65% of people who live in poverty pay more than half their income on a place to live; and the stability housing should bring continues to remain out of reach for many people.

On June 12, Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity joined Habitat organizations across the country to launch a 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.

Cost of Home focuses on improving housing affordability in four policy 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.

In partnership with the City of Jackson and Community Action Agency, Habitat plans to build a neighborhood near downtown consisting of 14 new homes for 14 low-income families.

More details are available at habitat.org/costofhome and jacksonhabitat.org. For more information email wendyc@jacksonhabitat.org or call 517-784-6620.

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