95,000,000 people in the United States—one-third of the nation—have housing problems, including lack of affordability, overcrowding, unsafe conditions,and homelessness.
In LaPorte County, more than 20% of the population spend too much of their income on housing. The problem grows each year creating problems in our communities, weakening our economy and impacting family and individual health and educational success.
In LaPorte County nearly half of the families with incomes under $35,000 are paying more than they can afford for housing, not leaving enough for 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
- Improve health, physical safety, and security
- Increase educational and job prospects
- Be engaged in their community
Housing is important to the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the entire community:
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.
A healthy housing market attracts businesses that depend on a range of housing options for their employees.
Stable, healthy housing is one of the most effective strategies for improving school performance in low income children.
When people can find good housing that they can afford near their work, it improves our transportation system by decreasing congestion and reducing commuting costs.
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.