Affordable Housing Is Invaluable | National Housing Week of Action

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It seems impossible to put a price on the joys that a family home can bring. A neighborhood BBQ, your son getting his own bedroom, a place to host your daughter’s graduation party—none of these appear to be made out of dollar signs. But for families struggling to find housing, any housing that they can afford, these benefits do come a price point that is consistently, painfully out of reach.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is organizing a National Week of Housing Action from July 22-29 to call attention to those struggling to make enough money to have a place to call home. Homelessness and affordable housing are issues that go hand-in-hand. Months of heart-wrenching apartment and house hunting to find something they can afford go by before any family, youth or individual is forced to live out of their car or on the street. It’s an issue that affects people in every community nationwide, and made even more perilous by potential federal government budget cuts.

Did You Know?

  • Nationwide, there are only 35 affordable homes for every 100 extremely low income renter households
  • Low-income kids living in stable, affordable homes are more likely to thrive in school, attend college and earn more income as adults
  • Affordable housing allows people to spend 5x more on healthcare and 3x more on nutritious food
  • In Arizona, a person with a minimum wage job would have to work 70 hours a week to afford a 2-bedroom rental home
  • In Arizona, proposed cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2018 budget would eliminate more than $64 million in funding, affecting 36,800 households and increasing their rent by 27%

  • In honor of this week, we’ll be introducing you to the stories of four families who have experienced the uncertainty and terror that homelessness brings as well as the security and freedom that a home brings. They are more than their tragedies. They are family movie nights, neighborhood parties and new days. And it’s all thanks to affordable housing programs like those at UMOM, and to people like you who support them.

    Read more about UMOM’s housing efforts here, and make a gift to support a family’s dream of permanent housing here.


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