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Stronger Together

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 is unacceptable.

In California alone, 1 in 5 households spends half of their income or more on housing.

Safe homes. Nutritious food on the table. Health care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose?

We have to take a stand and declare our commitment: We will work to ensure that no family has to pay more than half of their paycheck to cover the cost of home.

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.

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

Areas of Focus

EXPANDING RESOURCES FOR AFFORDABLE HOME PRODUCTION

Many areas across the U.S. are facing shortages of adequate homes, particularly ones affordable to those earning modest incomes. We support advocacy for policies that enable the production and preservation of homes affordable to lower-income households.

INCREASING INCLUSIVE ACCESS TO CREDIT

Mortgage credit is difficult, if not impossible, for many households to access, and minority and lower income applicants often have access to no types of credit at all. We support advocacy for policies that increase and broaden access to credit for underserved populations.

ENABLING EQUITABLE ACCESS TO LAND

Land is often among the greatest costs encountered in developing homes, whether for rental or for ownership. We support advocacy for policies that empower residents to guide local development and land use decisions to ensure they fully reflect community needs, particularly for populations who have been discriminated against in the past.

DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES OF OPPORTUNITY

A home isn’t just a building. It includes the community and resources in which you live, work and grow. For families to achieve long-term success and stability, homes must be both well-constructed and built in an area with sufficient access to transportation, jobs, education, food, medical care, and other critical products and services. We support advocacy for policies that allow neighborhoods and communities to thrive.

A Conversation on Advocacy

Assemblymember Laura Friedman

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