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Home is the Key

Home is the Key.

Home is the foundation for so many things: safety, health, education, emotional well-being and more.

Every year around 2 million volunteers help Habitat for Humanity build safe, affordable houses of hundreds of thousands of families. These homes are not given away. Habitat homeowners purchase their homes in one of many steps on their personal journeys for strength, stability and self-reliance.

Habitat strives to put more families into decent affordable housing to help end generational poverty and help families plan for and achieve brighter futures. 

For example, according to 68% of Habitat homeowners in Michigan report an increased income, 25% have noticed an increase in their children's grades and 40% have gone on to achieve a higher degree since becoming a part of Habitat. Greater Indy Habitat had similar findings. 

Habitat Canada homeowners report improved health behaviors and demonstrate greater engagement in their communities. 

In Sacramento, Habitat homeowners report that they save more money than they did before entering the program. 

These statistics just begin to scrape the surface of ways having a safe, decent home affect families. After all, as Millard Fuller said, "A house is to a family what soil is to a plant. A plant needs to be rooted. A family is like that. If a family is not rooted, it will not flourish. But once a family is well-rooted, all kinds of wonderful things will begin to happen.”

For more on the benefits of affordable housing, click here.