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Stronger Together

Stable housing — housing that is safe, healthy and affordable — is foundational to individuals and families, to the communities in which we live and to the economies in which we all participate.

Increased family stability and economic mobility, a greater sense of dignity and civic pride, stronger and more vibrant communities that can attract and keep business and manufacturing — these are all connected to stable, decent, affordable housing.

But millions in the U.S. struggle daily with housing costs. Even before the pandemic, 1 in 3 families were already paying more than 30% of their income on housing costs. Worse, 1 in 6 families were already paying half or more on housing — a level deemed “severely cost-burdened.” In the State of California, 1 in 5 households spend more than half their income on housing.

California Fact Sheet

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

Show Your Support for Housing Affordability

Join us in helping to ensure that families – no matter who they are, where they live or how much they earn – have access to a stable, affordable place to call home. Show your support by sharing a ready-to-use social media graphic or print a fillable sign. You can even contact your representatives and urge them to prioritize the needs of low-income families and the organizations that work hard to serve them during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together, we can help make the #CostOfHome something we all can afford.

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