Housing continues to be one of the most pressing problems facing families today. Statistics show that more than half of all rental units in the St. Louis region are occupied by people who pay more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. Some of these households are in even more dire situations, paying upwards of 50 percent of their earnings towards housing costs. This can leave little or nothing for other necessities like food or medicine, leading to a multitude of problems including school and work absenteeism and health issues. HFHSL’s build program is designed to meet this need for affordable housing. It's no wonder that 1,000 families apply every year to Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis in an attempt to rectify a very basic need... a home.
Often, a stable home becomes a catalyst for other successes. Partner families often strive for betterment for themselves and their families. Adults will often further their education or work toward career goals that felt unattainable in the past. Research shows children of homeowners have higher high school graduations rates, higher earned wages in adulthood and are more likely to become homeowners themselves. The cycle of poverty is broken and they begin to realize they have the potential to reach beyond their dreams.