November 6, 2015
Today’s Star Tribune features a terrific story written by our good friend and former Pony, John Reinan, which sheds light on a really compelling study about Habitat For Humanity and the amazing effect it has on families who live in a Habitat home. On the surface, the benefits of a Habitat house are pretty obvious: Family needs a home…family gets a home…all is well.
But look a little deeper and you’ll find the story does not end there. Not by a long shot. A recent study performed by Wilder Research that when a family takes ownership of a Habitat home, they soon possess much more, including:
As great as all those findings are, there is still one set of statistics that blows my mind – and it speaks to how powerful a force Habitat is in the community. Habitat families’ use of government assistance program plunges after taking residence in their new home. In fact:
So what does all of it mean? In a very unique way, while giving families a chance at a significantly improved life, Habitat For Humanity is simultaneously helping to lower your tax bill. It’s truly a non-stop circle of benefits. So here’s a great idea: it’s Give To The Max Day. Check out John’s story, and then consider supporting Habitat For Humanity at both the local and state level. There is no quicker and easier way to have a major, positive impact not just on a family in need, but the community at large.