At Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North, we share a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. On World Habitat Day, we want to raise awareness about the housing issues that face people in our community, throughout the country, and across the world. Across Canada, one out of every eight households are in core housing need, paying more than 30 per cent of their income towards housing costs in overcrowded conditions that are in disrepair.
We know that many people are in need of decent and affordable housing on North Vancouver Island. We also know the transformative impact that affordable homeownership can have. On average, Habitat generates $175,000 of benefits to society per home. These benefits come in the form of reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better educational and employment outcomes and improved health. In Canada, Habitat’s affordable homeownership program has created a social return on investment of over $590 million since 1985. In our community, the Habitat homes we’ve built have resulted in $3.5 million in benefits, helping us build a stronger, healthier community.
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New Habitat for Humanity Podcast
This World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity Canada is releasing the first episode of its new podcast, featuring an interview with Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat Canada, as they discuss housing as a basic human right. To listen to the podcast, visit habitat.ca/thepodcast.