Why housing matters
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Lacking a permanent, safe place to live in Sioux Falls
- As of September 2011 in Sioux Falls, 729 adults and 174 kids were homeless.
- The definition of homeless used in this study was “someone who lacked a permanent, safe place to live.”
- Statistically, only 10% of any city’s homeless population can be considered chronically homeless.
- Worldwide, 1.6 billion live in poverty and 100 million are homeless.
Statistics from the Minnehaha County, South Dakota Homeless Advisory Board.
Housing is affordable when
- Housing is deemed affordable when it is about 30% of a family’s or person’s income.
- A head of household earning minimum wage of $7.25 would need to work 75 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
- A two-bedroom apartment rented at $670 per month in Sioux Falls at fair market value in 2012.
From the Minnehaha County, South Dakota Homeless Advisory Board.
There are homeless children in the Sioux Falls School District
- The 2011-12 school year showed 532 homeless families with children in the Sioux Falls School District.
- The age range of those homeless youth was ages 0-4 22.9%, ages 5-9 36.8%, ages 10-14 22%, and ages 15-18 13.5%.
- They aren’t necessarily on the streets. They move around a lot, their living situations aren’t safe, there are five kids to a bedroom.
Statistics from the Homeless Advisory Board Snapshot of Economic Indicators in the Sioux Falls Area report.
Impact home ownership has on a family
- Nearly 74% reported that their family state of well-being improved after moving into their Habitat home.
- 53% felt their Habitat home had helped improve their job opportunities.
- 57% indicated that adults in the home were furthering their education.
- 74% indicated that their family’s overall health had improved since moving into their Habitat home.
- 84% felt safe in their neighborhood. 56% felt that their children could walk safely to school.
Survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research at the University of Southern Indiana co-sponsored by Habitat International’s Women Build program and Whirlpool Corporation, released in March, 2012.
Substandard housing has an impact on children
- Children lose IQ points from exposure to lead.
- Poor children are often malnourished because much of the household income goes to high rent costs instead of food.
- Habitat for Humanity in Redmond, Washington conducted a study of their families, after they moved into their new homes. 75% reported a positive behavioral change in their children, 63% of the children improved their grades, and there were 38% fewer trips to the doctor.
Report on unsafe, substandard housing generated by the Habitat International RV Care-A-Vanners program in April, 2012.
Habitat for Humanity International Stats
- In fiscal year 2012, Habitat for Humanity International helped a family improve their living conditions on average every 5.5 minutes, in one of nearly 80 countries around the world where Habitat works.
- In 2013, Habitat surpassed the 800,000th home milestone, bringing the number of people served through better housing solutions to over 5 million since the organization was founded in 1976. Habitat celebrated the completion of its 100,000th home in 2000, its 500,000th home in 2011, and 600,000th in 2012..
- Habitat is the twelfth largest home builder in the US!
The social impact of owning a Habitat home
- The Habitat for Humanity Toronto Director called it the “sleepover test with kids,” as the greatest indicator of dignity in homeownership! 135% increase in families inviting people to their homes.
- Habitat levels the playing field, ensuring that children from low-income families are given the stable, supportive and safe environment they need to achieve their full potential.
- Whether people choose to build, donate, volunteer, or shop the ReStore, together, we are building a stronger community.
Study commissioned by Habitat for Humanity Toronto, conducted in 2012 and surveyed 81 Habitat households.
What Habitat for Humanity means in the Sioux Falls area
- We are working on 10 houses this year. We built our first home in 1991, and have built over 130 to date.
- We receive applications from about 70 families each year to build with us. We accept 10 after a 10-month process.
- Partner families in a two head of household complete 400 hours of sweat equity, entailing home owner education and construction work. A one head of household partner family completes 200 hours of education and construction.
- The homes are sold for the cost of the lot and supplies to the partner family. The mortgage carries a 0% interest rate.