- Posted by Lauren
By Marianne Lynch, Executive Director
I was just reading about an Urban Institute study that found that in every single state in the US, there is not enough affordable housing to meet the needs of extremely low, low, and moderate income households.* In Montgomery County alone, there are 22 units available for every 100 low-income families seeking housing. This means that there are 78 others who do not have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home.
That is a fact that has weighed heavily on my mind in recent days…As I think about Habitat’s long-term strategies to serve more families, I sometimes despair over the number of homes needed for an ever-growing gap of families trying to find and afford a place to live. For me, this conversation becomes personal, as I think about how their kids struggle in school because they have to move from place to place, and how the places themselves might not be habitable and decent since demand far exceeds supply. I think about how families who are already struggling to get by have an added burden of unaffordable housing costs, often leading to stress and discord within the family unit. I also start thinking about the number of homes Habitat will provide to future homeowners this year (3) and how many we will repair to keep families in their homes (21) and I feel a little overwhelmed.
How can one small, local Habitat for Humanity make a difference in the face of such daunting numbers? How can we provide enough homes to help these low-to-moderate income families out of this vicious cycle?