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Why Habitat is Needed

In Brown County, Minnesota

  • For 20% of owners and 44% of renters in Brown County, housing consumes 30% or more of their household income.  This can mean inadequate spending on other basic needs like food and medicine. Saving for education or emergencies often becomes impossible, especially for lowest-income households.  In Brown County 7% of owner and 24% of renter households pay half or more of their income for housing, a situation known as “severe cost burden.”                 
  • There are now 52 units affordable and available for every 100 extremely low-income renters in Brown County. The county ranks 38 out of the state’s 87 counties for the most units affordable and available to this income group.
  • A safe, modest two-bedroom apartment costs $637 per month in Brown County. At the median renter household income of $25,480, a family could affordably spend $634 per month on rent. By definition, half of the county’s renters earn less than this median, and would need less expensive housing. At $8.00 per hour, the state minimum wage for 2014, an earner must work 61 hours per week to afford the $637 rent for a modest two-bedroom apartment in this county.
  • In 2012, 11% of children in Brown County were living in poverty, up from 7% in 2002

**All statistics from Minnesota Housing Partnership 2014 County Profiles

 

Worldwide

The world is experiencing a global housing crisis

  • By 2020, it is estimated the world slum population will reach almost 1 billion.

  • Lack of clean water and sanitation claim the lives of more than 1.8 million young children every year.

In the United States, 48.5 million people are living in poverty

  • Minimum wage is not keeping up with the rising cost of living and many workers struggle to afford decent housing.

Decent, stable housing provides more than just a roof over someone’s head

  • Stability for families and children.
  • Sense of dignity and pride.
  • Health, physical safety and security.
  • Increase of educational and job prospects.​

The transformational ability of good housing

  • Clean, warm housing is essential for prevention and care of diseases of poverty like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diarrhea, and malaria.
  • Children under 5 in Malawi living in Habitat for Humanity houses have 44 percent less malaria, respiratory or gastrointestinal diseases compared to children living in traditional houses.​

Housing must become a priority

  • The percentage of people without access to decent, stable housing is rising.
  • Increasing the housing supply across the globe is essential.
  • Adequate housing is vitally important to the health of the world’s economies, communities and populations.
  • If we are to succeed in the fight against poverty, we must support the expansion of housing both as policy and as practice.

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