Why Habitat is Needed in Chicagoland

In Illinois, 1 IN 7 HOUSEHOLDS spend half or more of their income on housing.

Because of increased housing costs and growing income inequality, nearly one-third of households in the United States face cost burdens – paying either at least 30 percent of their income for housing (cost-burdened) or at least half of their income on housing (severely cost-burdened). These burdens leave nearly 38 million households with little income to afford the cost of food, health care and other basic necessities. With more than 18 million severely cost-burdened households in the U.S., the importance of advocating for home affordability for homeowners and renters cannot be overstated.

Housing in the Chicagoland area must become a priority

  • The percentage of people in the Chicagoland area without access to decent, stable housing is rising.
  • Increasing and rehabbing the housing supply across Chicagoland is essential.
  • Adequate housing is vitally important to the health of the region’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.

Decent, stable housing is more than a roof overhead

  • 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.

To find out more on housing affordability visit the Habitat for Humanity International website.