Here at Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario, we acknowledge the number of people in our community who may face barriers to owning a home.
Families facing barriers may have to make tough cuts in areas such as food, dentistry, and their children’s education and extracurriculars. The children of these families have visibly less confidence in school and are then less likely to pursue post-secondary education or skill-building community involvement.
We believe a safe, comfortable, and affordable place to live is critical to breaking this cycle. Through a study done by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, we have seen quantifiable impacts on our homeowners vs control groups. Habitat Homeowners reported an increase in overall happiness (86%), an increase in health with lowered cases of asthma and stress (78%), and an increase in overall financial wellbeing (58%). When observing the children of Habitat Homeowners, there was a reported increase in math and English scores (53%) and overall confidence both in and outside of the classroom (65%) which leads to an increased likelihood to pursue post-secondary education compared to the control group.