Why Habitat for Humanity is Needed in Chicagoland
- In Illinois, one in seven households spend more than half of their income on housing.
- 330,000 individuals in the Chicago are severely burdened by housing costs, live in inadequate housing, or both.
- Housing costs account for more than half the monthly gross income for 24% of working households in our region.
Housing is More than Just a Roof Over Somebody’s Head
- Decent affordable housing provides stability for families and children.
- Owning a home provides a family with a sense of dignity and pride.
- Homeowners enjoy better health, physical safety, and security.
- Families in homes tend to have increased educational and job prospects.
Good Housing Contributes Greatly to Thriving Communities
- Housing is a catalyst for civic involvement and a stimulus for community-based organizations.
- Safe homes and neighborhoods help to build social stability and security.1
Housing in the Chicagoland Area Must be a Priority
1 D. Kissick, et al, Housing for All: Essential for Economic, Social, and Civic Development, a 28 page manuscript prepared for the World Urban Forum III by PADCO/AECOM.
- The percentage of people in the Chicagoland area without access to decent, affordable housing is on the rise.
- Increasing and rehabbing the housing supply across Chicagoland is essential.