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Bay Area Habitat for Humanity conducted an impact study that evaluated the psychological, social, and economic impacts on partner families and other stakeholders such as neighbors, volunteers, and donors on the community.   The vast majority of partner families included in this survey are first-time homebuyers and 90% of the households fell into very low- income or low-income categories.

Habitat for Humanity is a proven program in the fight against substandard living conditions. By providing affordable homeownership opportunities, Bay Area Habitat for Humanity helps provide the stability and security needed for families to move from substandard living conditions to safe, sturdy, energy efficient, affordable homes.

Thanks to the graduate students at the University of Houston – Clear Lake School of Business for conducting the impact study.

 

$3,343,551

BAHFH injected into the area economy

$342,469

Habitat homeowners paid in property taxes from 2008-2012

$88,210

Average total Market Value of a Habitat home

4,000

Volunteers engaged in construction and non-construction activities

94%

Agree their children now feel better about themselves

92%

Would recommend Habitat as a good way to improve quality of life

 

89%

More willing to take care of house and yard

86%

Report a better relationship with their children since moving into their home

68%

Don’t need to see a doctor or other healthcare provider as often

66%

Feel safe in home at night

29%

Spouse or self have been able to continue or pursue additional education

24%

Have obtained a better job

22%

Have received a raise at work

59%

Feel better ability to lower non-mortgage debt

44%

Children’s behavioral problems are better

 

Before Owning Home

After Owning Home

Food Stamps

54%

12%

Welfare

69%

0%

 

54%

Habitat homeowners rated the quality is much better

61%

Felt their financial situation is significantly better

93%

Could not have owned my home without help from Habitat

89%

Take more pride in my neighborhood now that I have a Habitat home

50%

Feel   better about their ability to cover a large unexpected bill

94%

As   a habitat homeowner, feel welcomed by my neighbors

94%

Learned   the importance of home maintenance and repairs

50%

Commute   time to work is better

50%

Better   able to cook at home and not eating out as much

 

77%

Their children go to school better prepared

88%

Children now want to do well in school

63%

Children are now better at reading.

74%

School is now more important to their children.

49%

Feel they are better able to save for the future

50%

Their children’s nutritional habits and choices are better.

 

Significant areas are:

 

  • An important and typically expensive cost in any home is the overall utility cost. With reasonable energy efficient appliances and good insulation in the new homes  53% of the participants noted that their utility cost was Better to Much Better than previous housing.
  • Curb appeal has much to do with the appearance of any home. With nicely arranged shrubbery and great color scheme 65% of the new owners noted that Landscaping and outside quality was Much Better to Better than previous housing.
  • The ability for a Family to have Family time eating a meal together in their home is very important. This gives Families time to discuss important issues of the day. Participants noted that 54% were Much Better than before and 33%  Better than their previous environment.
  • Any Family wants to feel SAFE in their neighborhood and home. It’s a quality of life      that all families want to achieve. In the study 25% noted they were Much Better and another 25% noting they were Better than their previous housing.
  • Habitat for  Humanity tries to provide homes in neighborhoods where home owners can associate with their neighbors and develop good quality friendship.  Overall 56% of the homeowners noted Much Better to Better friend or  neighbor relationships than in previous housing.
  • With home ownership one typically finds that budgeting and the ability to manage finances are a challenge and with any challenge typically comes improvements.   Our home owners have said their ability to handle family finances and pay bills on time were 59% Much Better to Better than before.
  • Developing  relationships is an important part of any Family or Individuals life.  Being a part of the BAHFH family helped in improved Community  relationships and activities. 20% of our homeowners noted they were Much Better and a whopping 67% Better in these areas than in the past.
  • Owning a  home and providing a “roof over the families head” is very important to  any family. 93% of our homeowners noted they would not have been able to own their own home without the help from Habitat for Humanity.