Ninety- five million people in the United States – one-third of the nation – have housing problems including lack of affordability, overcrowding, unsafe conditions and homelessness.
In Hamilton County, Tennessee, more than 51,000 people – or more than 15% of the population fall below the poverty line. Providing shelter while meeting needs like good nutrition, health care, transportation, education or saving for the future is a day-to-day struggle.
Habitat exists to help remove the struggle with housing from the lives of low-income families, so that they can focus on the future, and on having more stability in their lives.
When families have a stable, affordable home, they can:
• Provide stability for their children
• Gain improved health, physical safety and security
• Increase educational and job prospects
• Be engaged in their communities
Housing is important to the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the entire community:
Inadequate housing impacts health, especially the health of children. After moving into Habitat homes, asthma and allergies are two conditions that dramatically improve in children.
A healthy housing market attracts businesses that depend on a range of housings options for their employees.
Stable, healthy housing is one of the most effective strategies for improving school performance in low-income children.
When people can find good housing that they can afford near their work, it improves our transportation system by decreasing congestion and reducing commuting costs.
HFHGCA’s commitment to green building produces energy efficient homes that are more affordable to maintain. Additionally, building near public transportation and thriving job centers results in diminished air pollution and congestion.