The affordable housing crisis is hitting rural, urban and suburban communities alike, as well as people of all ethnicities, cultures and faiths. More than 7 million extremely low-income families do not have an affordable place to call home and half a million people are living on the street, in shelters, or in their cars on any given night, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The Hill reports that “the problem is systemic and is reaching almost epidemic proportions. Rents are soaring in every state and community at the same time when most Americans haven’t seen enough of an increase in their paychecks.”
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development:
- Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.
- An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing.
- A family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.
Habitat for Humanity is one organization that works to create affordable housing for families around the world. We build. We repair and rehabilitate. We advocate for vital resources to build homes and improve communities. We partner with families to improve — and stabilize — their housing conditions.
Since 1976, Habitat has helped 9.8 million people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Additional Solutions – Granny Pods!
Increasingly, more organizations, government entities and individuals are searching for affordable housing solutions for the millions of families in need. That’s why we love this story about the influx of Granny Pods in Portland, Oregon:
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