Why housing matters

Child and adult learners

Children raised in a Habitat home are twice as likely to go to college.1

57% of adults in Habitat households report furthering their education.2

Low income children typically perform at a lower level in school. This may be due to a smaller brain surface area, as revealed in a Scientific American study.

There were 1,275 homeless students in the SF School District, school year 2017-18, as of November 11, 2018. By definition, they moved around a lot, lived doubled up, or lived in a temporary shelter, for example.3

Health checkup

Children of homeowners make fewer visits to the emergency room for routine health problems.

Nearly 50% of SF Public School children qualify for free or reduced-price meals.3

30.8% of individuals with disabilities live below the poverty line in SD.6

Work to get ahead

Habitat homeowners have more disposable income after moving into their Habitat home.7

To afford a two-bedroom apartment, a person needs to earn $15/hour.5

Come on over!

135% increase in families inviting people to their homes. It’s the greatest indicator of dignity in home ownership. It was dubbed the “sleepover test!”  by the director of Habitat for Humanity Toronto.8

Dollars and cents

Housing is considered affordable when it is about 30% of a family’s or person’s income.

SD poverty guidelines: $12,140 for an individual; $25,100 for a family of four.9

$86,200 is the 2019 median income for a family of four in Minnehaha County.10

Sources

1. Did Fahey, Ph.D. Metro Denver Habitat survey, 2012

2. Impact of Homeownership and Affiliate Experiences: A Collaborative Study by Habitat for Humanity International Women Build, Whirlpool Corporation, and the University of Southern Indiana, 2011

3. Sioux Falls School District Homeless Department, November 2018

4. E. E. Kersten, K. Z. LeWinn, L. Gottlieb, D. P. Jutte and N. E. Adler. “San Francisco Children Living in Redeveloped Public Housing Used Acute Services Less Than Children in Older Public Housing” Health Affairs, Vol. 33 No. 12, 2014

5. Minnehaha County Homeless Advisory Board, October 2017

6. South Dakota Dashboard, December 2018

7. “Impacts of Habitat for Humanity Ownership,” Habitat for Humanity Minnesota

8. Habitat for Humanity Toronto, 2012

9. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, January 2019

10. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, April 2019