More than 650 Americans have shared their stories and those of their families and friends in a call for more affordable homes.

Homes for Working Families, a national nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., launched the Share Your Story forum a month ago to give working families a voice and introduce policy-makers to working Americans who are struggling to afford a home.

"The stories that have been posted show the alarming breadth of the home affordability crisis faced by working families," says Beverly L. Barnes, executive director of Homes for Working Families. "Middle-class Americans are feeling squeezed enough to share their stories with us so that policy-makers ... and others will see the enormous need for affordable homes."

The Share Your Story forum, available at www.homesforworkingfamilies.org/stories and www.workingfamiliesneedhomes.org, 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.

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 also can read stories from families across the country, such as this one from Portland:

"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, Oregon." — Matthew S.

For more info, visit: www.homesforworkingfamilies.org.