Why housing matters

Book Learning

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.3

Low income children perform at a lower level in school. A recent study has revealed that they actually have a smaller brain surface area. Learn more in Scientific American.

There were 438 homeless students in 220 families in the SF School District, as of October 24, 2017. By definition, they move around a lot, their living situations aren’t safe, and/or there are three kids to a bedroom, for example.2

If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything (they say)

Children of home owners 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.2

29.4% of individuals with disabilities live below the poverty line in SD.2

Work to get ahead – Or chase your tail

Habitat home owners have more disposable income after moving into their Habitat home.5

To afford a two-bedroom apartment, a person needs to earn $15/hour.2

Come on over!

135% increase in families inviting people to their homes. It’s the greatest indicator of dignity in home ownership. The “sleepover test!” as dubbed by the director of Habitat for Humanity Toronto.6

Dollars and Cents

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

SD poverty guidelines: $12,060 for an individual; $24,600 for a family of four.2

$76,800 is the 2017 area median income in SF.2


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

2. Minnehaha County Homeless Advisory Board, October 2017

3. 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

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

6. Habitat for Humanity Toronto, 2012