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Homes for Working Families Helps Middle-Income Americans Share Their Stories About the Home Affordability Crisis

Homes for Working Families Helps Middle-Income Americans Share Their Stories About the Home Affordability Crisis

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Throughout the United States, a record 17 million households -- one in seven -- now spend more than half their income on housing costs. Homes for Working Families is giving these families a voice. The organization, a national nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., recently introduced a "Share Your Story" forum to its Web site, empowering middle-income working families across the country to tell their stories about how the home affordability crisis is affecting them.

The Share Your Story forum, available at http://www.homesforworkingfamilies.org/stories and http://www.workingfamiliesneedhomes.org/, was created to spread awareness about the millions of Americans who are struggling to find safe, good-quality homes they can afford. Despite the current downward trend in home prices in some areas of the country, homeownership remains out of reach for millions of critical workers, including teachers, police officers, nurses, veterans, engineers and others. Homes for Working Families believes that these stories -- which demonstrate the hardships that everyday Americans face when trying to afford safe, good- quality homes -- will help encourage policy-makers to adopt solutions to this problem.

"By providing the Share Your Story forum, we are giving working families a voice on this critical issue and also introducing policy-makers to working Americans all across the country who are struggling to afford a home. In dozens of metro areas, first-time buyers still need to earn at least twice the median income to purchase a median-priced home. The stories we are collecting through the Share Your Story forum will show the depth and breadth of the home affordability issue," said Beverly L. Barnes, executive director of Homes for Working Families.

To share their stories, working families can visit either of the Web sites mentioned above and select "Share Your Own Story." Stories are displayed with the person's first name, last initial and profession, with the option to keep his or her identity anonymous. Visitors to Homes for Working Families' Web site also can read stories from families across the country, such as the one below.

"My wife and I currently live in an apartment in the western suburbs of Chicago. We each hold two jobs. Because we had to put our kids through school, we are currently unable to afford a home. Even though we have been saving for years, home prices are much too high in this area. No middle-class family could afford one."

- Edward H., Ground shipment supervisor, Chicago, Ill.

To download original artwork that reporters can use to promote the Share Your Story forum to readers, please visit http://www.homesforworkingfamilies.org/media/newsreleases.

About Homes for Working Families

Homes for Working Families is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing policy changes that make safe, good-quality homes affordable for America's working families. For more information, and to learn about solutions your community can implement, visit: http://www.homesforworkingfamilies.org/.

Homes for Working Families

CONTACT: Patty Babb of Homes for Working Families, +1-202-580-6223,
[email protected]

Web site: http://www.homesforworkingfamilies.org/
http://www.workingfamiliesneedhomes.org/

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