Homeownership can transform lives. Habitat for Humanity’s US Research & Measurement team is building a collection of resources to support the evidence-based case for Habitat. These evidence briefs are filled with research on outcomes associated with housing and homeownership and how Habitat makes an impact beyond the house.
Who Has Access to Homeownership?
It is important to understand who currently has access to homeownership and what factors play a role. Read Evidence Brief: Who has access to homeownership?
What are the Benefits of Homeownership?
Improving affordable homeownership leads to numerous outcomes that extend beyond the house. Learn about these outcomes and how Habitat is helping families thrive in Loveland and beyond. Read Evidence Brief: What are the benefits of homeownership?
How Does Homeownership Contribute to Wealth Building?
Homeownership can be be a catalyst to wealth building. Home equity can account for over half a homeowner’s net wealth, but these gains from homeownership vary by income, gender, and race/ethnicity. Read Evidence Brief: How does homeownership contribute to wealth building?
How Do Racial Inequities Limit Homeownership Opportunities?
Black and Hispanic/Latino households face unique barriers to homeownership that prevent access to the beneficial outcomes associated with homeownership, such as wealth building, improved health and higher educational attainment. Historically, structural and institutional obstacles faced by racial and ethnic minorities compounded over time to produce these inequities. Read Evidence Brief: How do racial inequities limit homeownership opportunities?
How Does Housing Impact Health?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, identified housing as an important social determinant of health, highlighting the link between where people live and their health. This evidence brief explores the impact of housing on health and examines racial barriers that contribute to existing racial/ethnic health disparities. Read Evidence Brief: How does housing impact health?
How Does Housing Affect Children’s Education?
The location and condition of a child’s house plays a significant role in their physical, cognitive and emotional development and well-being, which impacts their education through improved attendance, better cognitive and behavioral health, and improved academic achievement. Making direct connections between housing and its impact on children’s education is challenging. However, studies have drawn a pathway between owning a decent, affordable and stable home and experiencing positive educational outcomes. Read Evidence Brief: How does housing affect children’s education?
Outcomes associated with affordable housing.
Beyond the House- Loveland Habitat’s Impact on the Community
Habitat for Humanity makes a tremendous impact on the lives of homeowners. Our work impacts a wide variety of outcomes that are shown above. In addition to making affordable homeownership possible for low to moderate-income families, our work makes a direct investment in the community’s economic strength, through spending on construction supplies, contractor businesses and more.
Click here to read an infographic about how Loveland Habitat’s investments ripple across local economies.