Home is the Key to a Stronger Northern Shenandoah Valley
Housing is a foundational economic driver in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. A safe, sustainable home is the key to our region's success.
As the Northern Shenandoah Valley's only Class-A community housing development organization building single family homes at the scale we are building, Blue Ridge Habitat drives the conversation around affordable housing to educate representatives so they are able to make informed decisions, to engage our leaders in thinking creatively and innovatively about the future of housing in our community, to empower homeowners to make their voices heard, and to ensure everyone has a pathway to safe, decent, affordable housing. Because we know that strong and stable homes build strong and stable communities.
Families across the Northern Shenandoah Valley are paying too much for safe, affordable housing.
Generally speaking, families should not pay more than 30% of their household income on housing-related costs. Rules and regulations about land and building have a major effect on access to housing. In places where there are smart policies in place, there is more access to decent housing. In other places where there are counterproductive policies and systems, there can be barriers that make it difficult for people to find land for construction, build the home itself or be able to afford a place to live.
Wages aren’t keeping up with skyrocketing rent and home costs. This leaves more and more families without the personal and economic stability that safe, decent and afford housing provides, and forces them into impossible choices.
Habitat for Humanity serves as a voice for people in need of decent housing by working to change laws and shape policies that affect access to housing. 1 out of every 8 Virginians are classified as burdened or significantly cost-burdened by housing costs.
When the cost of home is a family’s future, it’s a price we can’t afford to pay.
That’s why we’re committed to mobilizing our partners, volunteers, and community members to find solutions and help create policies that will increase access to affordable housing for families in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. It’s all part of Habitat for Humanity’s first national advocacy campaign: Cost of Home.
Become a Habitat for Humanity Advocate
By advocating with Habitat, you lend your voice to a movement that will instate smart housing policy and a system that lets us bring homeownership within reach of more people. With our deep understanding of housing and its role in providing opportunities for families, we seek to reform laws in a non-confrontational, nonpartisan way. Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.