Habitat for Humanity to host community appreciation event

Habitat for Humanity of Island County wants to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about what the organization does and how dire the housing situation is nationwide.

And to eat free hot dogs.

The nonprofit is holding Community Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Habitat’s Oak Harbor store on Pioneer Way. In addition to appreciating the community’s support, the event will launch the organization’s “Cost of Home” campaign.

The informational campaign centers around educating decision-makers and the public about the affordable housing crisis in the U.S. Nearly a third of households in the country are cost burdened, meaning they’re spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Habitat, in addition to building homes for low-income households, will advocate for policy changes to facilitate the growth of more affordable housing.

“It’s just such a massive problem,” said Tony Persson, director of advocacy and retail operations for Habitat for Humanity of Island County.

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