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What a Difference a Home Can Make

From providing a source of wealth to influencing health and educational outcomes to contributing to community development, homeownership has long-lasting, life-changing impacts.

Overall

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93% of Lakeshore Habitat homeowners believe they would not be where they are today without Habitat.

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93% feel better about their children's future.

Security/

Stability

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80% of those who changed jobs since becoming a Lakeshore homeowner say their job became better overall.

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57% of homeowners moved six or more times prior to becoming a Lakeshore Habitat homeowner.

Education

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96% of parents say their child's attitude toward school has improved.

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43% of homeowners have started or completed higher education since becoming a homeowner.

Social Connectedness

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86% participate more in groups or activities in the community.

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81% say their kids have friends visit their home more often.

Family Interaction

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89% spend more quality time with their families.

*Voices of Lakeshore Habitat Homeowners, 2018. Study designed and conducted by Karyl Morin, LLC.

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Community Impact

A stable home is a community-level intervention. We all benefit.

$300,000

Estimated annual taxes paid to municipalities by Lakeshore Habitat homeowners (for 150 homes).

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16%

Homeowners are 16% more likely to vote in local elections.

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19% and 116%

Children of homeowners are 19% more likely to graduate from high school and 116% more likely to graduate from college.

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12,768

Hours volunteered in fiscal year 2018-19. Volunteering provides an opportunity to build community and be a part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis.

Strength, Stability & Self-Reliance Through Shelter

Lakeshore Habitat has helped dozens of individuals and families achieve their dream of affordable homeownership—thanks to your support.

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Meet the Flores Family

The story of the Flores family is a clear example of how a home can change the trajectory of a family—for generations to come. Jorge and Magda Flores were living paycheck to paycheck, moving time after time as they struggled to find an affordable place to live. They worried about the future of their three boys. But in 1993, Jorge and Magda became Lakeshore Habitat homeowners. Research shows that homeownership is a pathway out of poverty.* Thanks to the solid foundation of an affordable, decent home, barriers to a brighter future were removed for the Flores family. All three of their boys went on to become college graduates with great jobs. They pay taxes and have the means to give back. And their own children have the same foundation for success. What a difference a home can make!

The story of the Flores family is a clear example of how a home can change the trajectory of a family—for generations to come. Jorge and Magda Flores were living paycheck to paycheck, moving time after time as they struggled to find an affordable place to live. They worried about the future of their three boys. But in 1993, Jorge and Magda became Lakeshore Habitat homeowners. Research shows that homeownership is a pathway out of poverty.* Thanks to the solid foundation of an affordable, decent home, barriers to a brighter future were removed for the Flores family. All three of their boys went on to become college graduates with great jobs. They pay taxes and have the means to give back. And their own children have the same foundation for success. What a difference a home can make!

*Beneficial impacts of homeownership: A research summary. 2016. Habitat for Humanity.

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The Case for Habitat Homes

Homeownership transforms lives—but it is increasingly out of reach for many. Learn more about why Lakeshore Habitat's work is so important.