Housing Affordability

Kevin Campbell | March 7, 2014

I just came across a great research study produced by the Center for Housing Policy, the research division of the National Housing Conference, now led by Chris Estes, former executive director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition.

The report shows that 16% of the nearly 215,000 working households in Raleigh have a severe cost burden in regards to their housing.  That’s 34,258 families!  What is severely cost burdened, you might ask?  Spending more than 50% of your income for housing constitutes a severe housing cost burden.

Of the housing need categories that we serve—substandard housing, overcrowding, cost burdened, unsafe neighborhood and subsidized housing—families that are cost burdened are a large part of the families we approve for homeownership.

Wake County!  We have lots of work to do to ensure adequate housing for all.

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Kevin Campbell

Former President/CEO

Kevin Campbell, former President/CEO of Habitat Wake, is a recognized leader in service to the goal of affordable homeownership in Wake County and around the world.  His unwavering professional commitment to Habitat for Humanity and its vision – a world where everyone has a decent place to live - goes back nearly 30 years. Follow him on twitter at @kevinhabitat.