SOURCE: Homes for Working Families

December 19, 2007 15:51 ET

Hundreds of American Families Cry Out for More Affordable Homes on Homes for Working Families' Share Your Story Web Forum

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - December 19, 2007) - More than 650 Americans have shared their stories and those of their families and friends in a call for more affordable homes across the United States on Homes for Working Families' Share Your Story Web forum. Homes for Working Families, a national nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., launched the Share Your Story forum a month ago today to give working families a voice on this critical issue and introduce policy-makers to working Americans all across the country who are struggling to afford a home.

"The stories that have been posted on the Share Your Story forum show the alarming breadth of the home affordability crisis faced by working families," said Beverly L. Barnes, executive director of Homes for Working Families. "From large metropolitan areas to small towns, middle-class Americans are feeling squeezed enough to share their stories with us so that policy-makers, business leaders, community groups and others will see the enormous need for affordable homes and work together to address it."

The Share Your Story forum, available at and, was created to spread awareness about the paralyzing effects of the affordability gap -- the disparity between home prices and incomes -- on middle-income Americans. 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. The worsening mortgage default crisis and the credit crunch also may further exacerbate the problem for these families.

Working families can share their stories by visiting either of the Web sites mentioned above and selecting "Share Your Own Story." Stories are displayed with the person's first name and last initial, 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 examples below.

"While looking for a house in Pittsburgh, we encountered the problem of
livable homes not fitting into our budget. Livable -- as in not having
rotting floors and walls, adequate insulation, secure doors and windows,
mold or pest infestations, and many other problems that would make it
difficult to live inside a home. And renting, it seems, may be more
expensive than paying a mortgage. Shouldn't it be essential for every
person to have a safe, affordable place to live?"
- Jodi F., Blairsville, Pa.

"My wife and I have graduate degrees in theology. The only way we can
afford our loan payments and rent is to live in an apartment as live-in
managers. Perhaps some day we can afford a house and family in Portland,
- Matthew S., Portland, Ore.

"If I didn't have the help of a first-time homebuyer program, my family
would still be living in a cramped, cold basement apartment. We love our
beautiful new home. We believe homeownership should not just be the
privilege of the rich, but that it should be affordable for everyone."
- Rebecca S., Salt Lake City, Utah

Media representatives can download original artwork for their publications or Web sites to inform readers/viewers about the Share Your Story forum at

About Homes for Working Families

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