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Why Habitat Is Needed

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Ninety-five million people in the United States—one-third of the nation—have housing problems, including lack of affordability, overcrowding, unsafe conditions, and homelessness.

This creates tremendous instability in our communities, weakens our economy, and even impacts our health and educational success.

Families paying more than they can afford for housing must choose between housing and other necessities like good nutrition, health care, transportation, education or saving for the future.

When families have a stable, affordable home, they can:

  • Provide stability for their children
  • Gain improved health, physical safety, and security
  • Increase educational and job prospects
  • Be engaged in their communities

Housing is important to the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the entire community:

Health
Inadequate housing impacts health, especially the health of children. After moving into Habitat homes, asthma and allergies are two conditions that dramatically improve in children.

Economic Prosperity
A healthy housing market attracts businesses that depend on a range of housing options for their employees.

Education
Stable, healthy housing is one of the most effective strategies for improving school performance in low-income children.

Environment
Habitat’s commitment to green building produces energy-efficient homes that are more affordable to maintain. Additionally, building housing near public transportation and thriving job centers results in diminished air pollution and congestion.