In addition to lifting our hammers, we must also lift our voices in support of adequate shelter.

Building is part of the solution, but less visible aspects of housing like laws, regulations, systems, and rules about land and development are critical components in eliminating barriers to safe, healthy, affordable housing. From our deep understanding of housing and its central role in providing opportunities for families, we work to reform policies and laws in collaborative, nonpartisan ways.

Rent and homeownership costs are skyrocketing while wages are not keeping pace. Far too often, families struggle to make ends meet.

The stability that home should bring remains out of reach for too many families. They are forced to make impossible choices between a roof over their heads or health, education, and even food.

When the cost of home is your family’s future, the cost is too high. When the cost of home is any family’s future, that’s something none of us can afford.

As of May 2021, the median home price in Thurston County was $452,000. This can mean a monthly mortgage payment of more than $2,200. In Thurston County, nearly 62% of households with a mortgage and 65% of renters are housing cost-burdened.

Housing that is affordable

costs no more than 30% of a family’s household income.

In June 2019, South Puget Sound Habitat joined Habitat affiliates across the country in a five-year nationwide advocacy campaign, Cost of Home.

We commit to mobilizing our partners, volunteers, and community members across the U.S to find solutions and create policies that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs.


10 million people

with increased home affordability, including substantial increases in low-income homeownership opportunities, through policy and system changes at the local, state, and national levels.


expand resources for home production
increase inclusive access to credit
enable equitable access to land
develop communities of opportunity

Help us make the #CostOfHome something we all can afford.


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