Support SB 877 w/ Roth Amendment!

What it does: Creates a workforce housing rehabilitation loan program that will help Wisconsin homeowners restore or maintain their housing to a decent, safe, and sanitary condition.

The Roth Amendment ensures no interest will be charged on loans to qualifying low-income homeowners.

Why it matters: Wisconsin’s housing stock is aging.  Over 60% of single family structures in our state were built before 1980, and many are in need of substantial repairs or improvements in energy efficiency to make them safe and affordable, particularly for seniors and low-income households.  

One in ten Wisconsin households are severely cost burdened, leaving little income to afford critical maintenance. In addition, many older homes are not energy efficient, resulting in exorbitantly high heating and cooling costs for homeowners.  These costs provide an ever greater burden on low income families and seniors.

Last year, Habitat affiliates in Wisconsin completed over 200 repair projects for seniors, veterans and other low-income families.  But with the rising costs of construction materials, Habitats like ours are struggling to raise sufficient funds to continue to address this growing need in our communities.

We urge you to contact your state senator and ask them to support SB877 with the Roth Amendment so that low-income families in your district and throughout the state of Wisconsin can make affordable critical repairs to their homes, strengthening our housing stock and improving our neighborhoods.  (If we can provide any additional information regarding our support for this legislation, or if you’d like to visit one of our repair projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us.) Find your representative at https://legis.wisconsin.gov/.
Read SB877 here
And thank you!

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Nearly 19 million U.S. households today pay half or more of their income on a place to live.

 

That means 1 in 6 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent, and affordable housing provides. That means that 1 in 6 families are forced to make impossible choices. A safe home. Nutritious food on the table. Health care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose?

 

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. That’s why we’re joining hundreds of Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country today to launch our first national advocacy campaign: Cost of Home.

Here at Habitat we see the effects on our community when families are struggling to afford this basic need, and we're working hard to address it. 

Will you join us in advocating for our community?

We need your help to launch Cost of Home in the Wisconsin River Area!

Here’s what you can do to support the campaign right now:

  • Write or call your legislators, and tell them to support policies such as the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 (AHCIA) and the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (NHIA) to improve housing affordability. Use this pre-populated email to get you started

Take action to support the Cost of Home campaign today, and together we can help make the #CostOfHome something we all can afford.

Thank you for your support!