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Why Habitat is needed

People in Canada have housing problems, including lack of affordability, overcrowding, unsafe conditions, and homelessness.

In the Montreal area, more than half a million people, or more than 20% of the population, spend too much of their income on their housing.  And the problem is growing fast.  This creates tremendous instability in our communities, weakens our economy, and even impacts our health and education success.

In the Montreal area, nearly half of the families with income under $35,000 are paying more than they can afford for housing, not leaving enough for other necessities like good nutrition, health care, transportation, education or saving for the future.

When families have a stable, affordable home, they can:

  • Provide stability for their children
  • Gain improved health, physical safety, and security
  • Increase educational and job prospects
  • Be engaged in their communities

Housing is important to the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the entire community.

Health

Inadequate housing impacts health, especially the health of children.  After moving into Habitat homes, asthma and allergies are two conditions that dramatically improve in children.

Economic prosperity

A healthy housing market attracts businesses that depend on a range of housing options for their employees.

Education

Stable, healthy housing is one of the most effective strategies for improving school performance in low income children.

Transportation

When people can find good housing that they can afford near their work, it improves our transportation system by decreasing congestion and reducing commuting costs.

Environment

Habitat’s commitment to green building produces energy-efficient homes that are more affordable to maintain.  Additionally, building housing near public transportation and thriving job centers results in diminished air pollution and congestion.