Today, one in nine Tennessee families pay half or more of their income on their rent or mortgage, often choosing between paying for housing or nutritious food, reliable transportation or healthcare needs.
That is unacceptable.
Your home shouldn’t cost you anywhere near half your paycheck. Home shouldn’t cost you your health or your children’s education. 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.
Rents and homeownership costs rise, while wages are not keeping pace. And across Knox County, the stability that home should bring remains out of reach for too many families. To make ends meet, families are forced to make impossible choices … Like health care. Healthy food. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose?
At Knoxville Habitat, we know a family should never have to spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Every hardworking family deserves to build a strong, healthy future. Every family deserves the chance to thrive.
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