Why Housing Matters
Lacking a permanent, safe place to live
The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations. These people are increasingly urban residents, and every week more than a million people are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world. Today, a billion people – 32 percent of the global urban population – live in urban slums. If no serious action is taken, the United Nations reports that the number of slum dwellers worldwide will increase over the next 30 years to nearly 2 billion.
In the United States alone, 95 million people have housing problems; that’s one third of the nation. These problems include payments too large a percentage of their income, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. Throughout the world, people live in inadequate housing, and Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes for those in need.
Housing is affordable when
Housing is deemed affordable when it’s about 30% of a family’s or person’s income.
Impact home ownership can have on a family
Many of our homeowners have reported that their family state of well-being improved after moving into their Habitat home. Some even felt that their home improved their job opportunities. It’s common to hear that a family’s overall health had improved since moving into their Habitat home or that they feel safe in their neighborhood and children now feel they can walk to school safely.