Decent Home, Brighter FutureVirtually 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19.27 is the minimum amount per hour a full-time worker would need to make in order to afford the average 2-bedroom home in Seminole County or Apopka.
The number of hours a resident of Seminole County or Apopka would need to work each week to afford the average 2-bedroom community.
“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
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.
Adequate shelter is a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty and setting families on a path toward opportunity.
Homeownership is a form of wealth accumulation through equity and forced savings from mortgage repayment.
Decent, affordable shelter contributes to thriving school systems, community organizations and civic activism.
Good housing attracts economic investment and development.
Safe homes and neighborhoods help to build social stability and security that the whole community can enjoy.
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.
Every four minutes, Habitat serves a family somewhere in the world in need of better housing.
Habitat Seminole-Apopka has helped more than 216 local families since our founding in 1991.
Habitat works in more than 1,400 communities in the United States, and in more than 70 countries worldwide, from Argentina to Zambia.
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 donate, volunteer, partner with us, or advocate on our behalf, you can offer hard-working people a hand up, not a hand out. Learn more today.