FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 2, 2019) – One in six households in the U.S. spend more than half their income on housing. That equates to 19 million households nationally and 52,000 households in Lee County.
Committed to finding solutions and creating policies that increase home affordability, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties launched the “Cost of Home” advocacy campaign on Thursday, June 13.
“Rent and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, while wages are not keeping pace, and the reality is that far too many families are barely surviving financially and the stability that a home should bring remains out of reach,” said Becky Lucas, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “These families are one missed paycheck or medical emergency away from homelessness. Over the next five years, we commit to working with fellow Habitat organizations, mobilizing our partners, our volunteers, and community members to find solutions and create policies that will increase home affordability for low-income, working families.”
Following the announcement, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties dedicated six new Habitat homes in the Majorca Palms community. During the ceremony, the house keys were handed over to the new homeowners who each completed more than 300 hours of sweat equity, attended financial literacy and home maintenance classes, paid closing costs, and committed to paying an affordable, monthly mortgage payment. The homes were sponsored by local businesses including B&I Contractors, Scanlon Auto Group and Wayne Wiles Flooring.
About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties
Since 1982, 1,550 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. For more information, visit www.habitat4humanity.org.
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