Cost of Home

Even before the pandemic, 1 in 3 families were already paying more than 30% of their income on housing costs. Worse, 1 in 7 families in the U.S. were already paying half or more on housing — a level deemed “severely cost-burdened.”

In Ohio, 1 in 9 households spend more than half their income on housing.

That's why Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity is proud to join Habitat organizations across the country in Cost of Home, a five-year national advocacy campaign. Together, we will improve home affordability for 10 million people in the U.S. in the next five years, making the cost of home something we can all afford. 

Current Advocacy Priorities

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity has joined with Habitat for Humanity of Ohio, and all of Ohio’s 45 Habitat affiliates to call on the state of Ohio to support a one-time investment of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFR) to expand access to affordable homeownership. The pandemic has cast a light on the deplorable living conditions of many Ohioans and the fact homeownership is out of reach for many hard-working families. It has never been more important to invest in affordable homeownership. The time to act is NOW.

Did you know? 

State support for day-one affordable homeownership is surprisingly miniscule. On average, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund generates more than $40 Million annually for housing assistance, but only $250,000 is used for day-one affordable homeownership through a grant administered by Habitat for Humanity of Ohio. Given that there is a 50-year low in the inventory of available homes, particularly affordable starter homes, more must be done.

Habitat for Humanity provides affordable, decent housing opportunities to hard-working Ohioans through its self-help homeownership model. In many cities, Habitat for Humanity is the only provider of affordable homeownership opportunities. 

The State of Ohio can partner with Habitat for Humanity to meet the funding objectives of the SLFR as outlined by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Our organization is uniquely positioned to help Ohioans secure a safe place to live and recover from the adverse effects of the pandemic.

Take action

Please click here to see Habitat for Humanity of Ohio’s policy proposal to the state asking for $25 million of Ohio’s $5.6 billion in State and Local Recovery (SLFR) Funds to expand access to affordable homeownership.

To get involved, please reach out to your local representatives by mail, email, and/or phone to support our proposal. Be sure to attach our policy proposal on any correspondence.

Contact your local representatives

Please click here for a template letter to Governor Mike DeWine.

Please click here for a template letter or email to your local state senator.

For email, use your senator's last name for the email address. For example, Senator Matt Dolan is dolan@ohiosenate.gov 

Click here for a directory of Ohio state senators

Please click here for a template letter or email to your local state representative.  

Use the House District (H.D.) number for the email address. For example, State Representative Phil Robinson represents House District 6, so his email is rep06@ohiohouse.gov. You will find this number listed as H.D. 6 on the Ohio Representatives directory. 

Click here for a directory of Ohio state representatives.

Your support can help make homeownership a reality for thousands of hard-working Ohio families!

For more ideas or ways to get involved, please call 216.358.0572