World Habitat Day
October 1st is World Habitat Day
1.7 million households in Canada in need of decent housing
At Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region, we share a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. On World Habitat Day, we want to raise awareness about the housing issues that face people in our community, throughout the country, and across the world. Across Canada, one out of every eight households are in core housing need, paying more than 30 % of their income towards housing costs in overcrowded conditions that are in disrepair.
At Habitat, we know the transformative impact that affordable homeownership can have. On average, Habitat generates $175,000 of benefits to society per home. These benefits come in the form of reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better educational and employment outcomes and improved health. In Canada, Habitat’s affordable homeownership program has created a social return on investment of over $590 million since 1985.
Safe, affordable housing is out of reach for far too many people in our community alone. Every day, more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads. Caught in punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to land and affordable financing, these families live with a constant burden of stress and fear. Helping families leave that cycle behind is why we build. When a family can create a decent place to live that’s affordable, everything can change – and so much change is so desperately needed.
You can help support the creation of more affordable housing in our community by making a donation to Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. Click here to donate today
Consider lending your time with Habitat in a volunteer capacity! We have numerous volunteer opportunities available click here to learn more
Your support goes a long way in helping low income families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build brighter, more prosperous futures. Thank you!
Tune in to the Habitat Canada’s podcast today for a special World Habitat Day episode featuring Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat Canada as they discuss housing as a basic human right. 🏠