With support from Children First for Oregon, Habitat for Humanity of Oregon recently completed a statewide impact study. Our findings confirm the belief that affordable homeownership is a critical strategy for meaningfully addressing the state’s housing crisis.
- Read highlights of the study below or download a copy by clicking HERE.
- Download a copy of the complete study HERE.
- We’ve also created a set of sample images to use as a guide for bolstering your message on social media, on your website or in grant applications/donor appeals. Download the images HERE.
Partner families experience very high levels of residential stability
- 86 percent of families, when asked how long they planned to stay in their Habitat home, responded with either “they can’t ever imagine” leaving, or plan to stay “for a very long time.”
Partner families say homeownership has impacted their sense of community
- 80 percent of respondents say they feel comfortable with their neighbors and have an improved sense of community.
Partner families’ children do better in school and experience overall better health
- 92 percent of children raised in Habitat homes graduated from high school, exceeding Oregon’s high school graduation rate by 17 percent.
- 63 percent of the children we serve received better grades since moving into their Habitat home.
- 52 percent of respondent families have shown improved school attendance.
- 99 percent of children in Habitat homes report to have the same (43 percent) or better (56 percent) health.
Partner families report greater financial stability
- 58 percent of families report improved financial stability since moving into their Habitat home. The percentage of families who reported improved financial stability by region:
- Northwest and Coast: 69 percent
- Southwest and Coast: 72 percent
- PDX Metro and Hillsboro: 55 percent
- Willamette Valley: 53 percent
- Central and East: 62 percent