Decent Home, Brighter Future

Virtually nowhere in the U.S. can a full-time minimum wage employee afford even a one-room apartment. At Habitat, we know that a decent home changes everything.

 
 
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Why Housing Matters

The need for affordable housing is immense, and the lasting impact it can have on families is undeniable. We believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. A safe, decent, and affordable home offers families and individuals the opportunity to take care of themselves and build their own futures. If you’re wondering why housing matters and why it’s so crucial to a family’s health and well-being, read on.

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Housing Need Is All Around Us

The MacArthur Foundation released results from a survey of U.S. adults conducted to inform the work of the Foundation’s How Housing Matters initiative. The results of the How Housing Matters survey point out why housing matters and reveals that the concerns and challenges related to affordable, quality housing are very real for many Americans. These findings show us there is more work to be done; we remain committed to a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home.

 
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unaffordable

Most believe that friends and family who are getting older will face challenges meeting their housing needs. Sixty-five percent of adults highlight affordability as a top issue, second only to an individual’s physical needs as they age.

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trade-offs

More than half of all adults have made at least one trade-off in the past three years to cover their rent or mortgage. Trade-offs include taking second jobs, cutting back on health care and healthy food, and moving to less safe neighborhoods.

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limits

Fifty-eight percent of adults say that a family of four with an income of about $50,000 would have a hard time finding affordable quality housing. That number skyrockets to 88 percent for a family of four with an income closer to $24,000.

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challenges

In every region of the U.S. — Northeast, South, Midwest and West — anywhere from 53 to 69 percent of adults classify the purchase of affordable housing as challenging in their community.

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"We want to make it socially, morally, politically and religiously unacceptable to have substandard housing and homelessness." 

- Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity International

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The Impact of Inadequate Housing

Housing is central to ending the cycle of poverty, and it can play a key role in positively influencing a family’s education, employment, and health opportunities.

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freedom

Adequate shelter is a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty and setting families on a path toward opportunity.

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community

Decent, affordable shelter contributes to thriving school systems, community organizations and civic activism.

stability

Safe homes and neighborhoods help to build social stability and security that the whole community can enjoy.

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resources

Homeownership is a form of wealth accumulation through equity and forced savings from mortgage repayment.

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development

Good housing attracts economic investment and development.

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good for all

Adequate housing is key to the health of the world’s economies, communities and populations.

 

Habitat's Response to These Important Issues

We build. We repair and rehabilitate. We seek to further understand why housing matters, and why a decent, affordable home is so intricately woven into a healthy and vibrant future. We advocate for vital resources to build homes and improve communities. We partner with families to improve — and stabilize — their housing conditions. With your time and financial support, we can make a tangible impact that will last for generations.

four minutes

Every four minutes, Habitat serves a family somewhere in the world in need of better housing.

216 families

Habitat Seminole-Apopka has helped more than 216 local families since our founding in 1991.

everywhere

Habitat works in more than 1,400 communities in the United States, and in more than 70 countries worldwide, from Argentina to Zambia.

2 million

About 2 million volunteers work with Habitat every year worldwide.

Habitat works when you work with Habitat

Understanding why housing matters is a great first step. Now, it’s time to do something about it. When we partner together, we can offer families the opportunity to help themselves. Whether you donatevolunteerpartner with us, or advocate on our behalf, you can offer hard-working people a hand up, not a hand out. Learn more today.

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Volunteer

Every hand can make a difference with Habitat for Humanity. Whatever your skill set, stage of life, or passion, there is a place for you here.

Donate

Every gift creates the opportunity to build a better life. When you make a donation, you're building the foundation of a family's bright future.

Own a Home

Every one of us deserves a decent and affordable place to call home. We partner with hard-working families to offer an opportunity to build their future.

 
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