Supporting Affordable Housing

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is the difference between what housing costs and what families can afford to pay without sacrificing basic necessities.

Habitat for Humanity Tucson builds affordable homes to create strength, stability and opportunity for families within the community.

As a housing leader, Habitat for Humanity Tucson has a unique opportunity in ensuring that access to adequate housing is prioritized in Southern Arizona. Together, we can advance policies that unlock the potential of people who deserve an equal shot at a decent home.

Advocacy means

Advocacy means supporting and promoting a cause you believe in. 

Building is part of the solution, but the less visible aspects of housing like laws, regulations, systems and rules about land and the built environment are critical components, too. Sustainable and inclusive policies and systems can promote access to decent housing, while others can create barriers. And those barriers make it harder to find land for construction, build a home or be able to afford a place to live. 

Habitat’s approach to advocacy is based on decades of on-the-ground experience and policy expertise. From our deep understanding of housing and its central role in providing opportunities for families, we work to reform laws in a non-confrontational, nonpartisan way.  

In Southern Arizona, Habitat Tucson staff and volunteers meet regularly with city, state, and county officials to discuss and advocate for the cause of affordable housing. We know that the challenges relating to adequate housing can only be overcome through collective cooperation. We have deep experience to form effective alliances and to mobilize others to address complex housing issues at scale.  

We believe that all Southern Arizonans deserve a safe, decent place to live. 

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Provides for physical safety, health, and adequate space for occupants.


Leaves enough money for the occupants to meet other household basic needs.


Meets the specific needs of disadvantaged or marginalized groups.

Basic services

Embeds in a community with access to utilities, hospitals, schools, transportation, cooling, and heating.

Long term stability

Predictable monthly payments, protects against evictions, builds equity, and lays foundation for generational wealth.

Community continuity

Respects the expression of cultural identity

Why Home Matters

Adequate housing is where livability, affordability, accessibility, basic services, long term stability, and community continuity all come together in one place that you can call home.

much less risk of life-threatening illnesses

A home without access to air conditioning, heating, or clean water means families are at risk of life-threatening illnesses.

won't live in fear of eviction

A home without land rights means families live in fear of eviction with their futures on hold.

less vulnerable to natural disasters

A home without an adequate roof in the hot Tucson monsoon season means families are more vulnerable to natural disasters.

have their voices heard

A home where families cannot vote, connect with their neighbors, or participate economically means families struggle to have their voices heard.


This is the median income in Tucson (this is an average - you may earn more or less).


This is the percentage of your income that you should pay for housing to be affordable.


This is what you should pay monthly after taxes for an affordable Tucson home based on 30% median income.

If you have an average income, this is how much you SHOULD pay for housing in Tucson every month.


Now, how much are you ACTUALLY paying?


Monthly payments for the average rental in Tucson.


Monthly payments for a mortgage on the average Tucson Home, with a 20% down payment.


If you paid a down payment of 20% to buy an average Tucson home, this is how much would you need to have in the bank.

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In Southern Arizona and around the world, we believe:

Home equals health

How does homeownership impact health?

Home equals safety and security

How does homeownership contribute to wealth building?

Home equals opportunity for a better future

How does homeownership affect children’s education?

Home equals a positive environmental impact

ow does homeownership affect energy efficiency?

Ways You Can Help

Get informed

Understand the housing market. There’s no need to be an expert but it would be beneficial to know the needs in your community. Learn more about your community by following local news, signing up for relevant community newsletters, watching or attending meetings with elected officials, and following social media accounts that cover local issues. Educate yourself on the housing network within the community.

Speak up, Connect + Refer

Connect with community partners, start small by reaching out to your place of worship, local representatives, or officials by email or phone, and participate in community forums. Let them know you care about adequate, affordable housing. Refer people that are in need to services like Habitat Tucson or Other Resources.


A corporate partnership with Habitat for Humanity can give your organization a way to create a meaningful relationship with the impact, history, and brand value of Habitat for Humanity Tucson and make yourself stand out with your consumers, vendors, employees, peers, or business partners. See our sponsorship page for more details.

Sponsorship may include:

  • Engaging employees through team builds.
  • Reach your target audience through programs such as  Women Build, Veterans Build, Neighborhood Revitalization or Critical Home Repair.
  • Large-scale donated product offerings.
  • Cause marketing campaigns.


There are lots of ways in which you can give whether it’s your time, treasures or talent. Your gift helps build homes and long-term financial security for families in need. With an affordable stable mortgage, families have more to spend on food, medicine, childcare, education and other essentials. Your gifts help more families become stable and strengthens our local economy. Thanks to you, Habitat Tucson is transforming lives in Southern Arizona.


There are many ways in which you can support our mission. We need people year-round! We have volunteer opportunities 7 days a week at a variety of locations. You don’t need any prior experience to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Tucson!

Support the HabiStore

By making a socially conscious decision to shop at the HabiStore, you participate in the work of building affordable housing right here in Southern Arizona. Shop local! Not only does each purchase fund Habitat homes, but buying re-used goods at the HabiStore saves 1200 tons of waste from landfills each year. Looking to declutter? Consider donating your lightly used goods. The HabiStore is powered by volunteers! The gift of your time helps us build homes, community, and hope in Tucson.

Housing Affordability Strategy

Read the City of Tucson’s Housing Affordability Strategy for Tucson:

ASU's Research

Read ASU’s research on the history of housing discrimination and barriers to housing in Arizona:

Low Income Housing Commission

Read housing research on a national level from the National Low Income Housing Commission (graphs and visual data):

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Volunteer Today

Visit, email, or Call: 520-326-1217

The HabiStore

Shop and donate to the HabiStore, and helps us build homes, community, and hope in Tucson.
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