Cost of Home

In the Jacksonville Beaches,

1 in 5 households

spend more than half of their income on housing.

Everyone should be able to afford the cost of home.

Families all across the United States are paying too high a price to cover the cost of their home.

To be considered “affordable,” housing expenses must be less than 30 percent of a family’s household income. In the United States, 19 million families spend half or even more of their income on housing costs, leaving little left over for other necessary expenses. Here in the Jacksonville Beaches, one in five families must choose between spending money on a safe place to live and spending money on groceries, health care, education, or reliable transportation. Which would you choose?

Too many families have to make these choices, and as a community, we can’t afford to let that happen.

That’s why Beaches Habitat is joining with hundreds of local Habitat organizations across the country to launch our first national advocacy campaign: Cost of Home.

What you can do:

  • Download our Cost of Home statement signs
  • Share around town. Print some statement signs and post them where people gather – in your office breakroom, on a community bulletin board, at the gym. Send this page to your friends and ask them to share too. Help us spread the word.
  • Share on social. Post a photo of yourself holding one of our signs or write-ins and tag us! For example, – “No one should have to choose between paying for housing and paying for groceries, education, transportation or healthcare. I’m standing with @BeachesHabitat to make sure home is something we can all afford. #CostofHome”