We are kicking off our “Housing is Healthcare” campaign because we believe that with the help of the community, we can create housing security and wellness by raising enough funds to equal the cost of one or two Habitat home builds. The average cost to build a Habitat Susquehanna home increased in the last several years from approximately $160,000 to over $220,000. That is a big jump in cost, especially when only 4% of our building materials are donated. On average, we build 6 new homes each year. In the next year, we will also provide critical repairs for 50 households and provide financial literacy services benefiting over 100 people. By donating to this campaign, you will be partnering with us to improve the health of the community as well as supporting us in our mission of building strength, stability, and self-reliance.

 

Decent, affordable housing also plays a key role in ensuring and preserving health.

Habitat Susquehanna addresses many root causes of health issues for low-income residents of Harford and Cecil Counties through decent, affordable housing.

Housing is one of the primary social determinants of health, improves health outcomes, and reduces healthcare costs.

Lead poisoning is the most obvious example of the effect of substandard housing. Other examples include exposure to mold, cockroaches, mice which trigger asthma as well as a great chance of mental health and behavioral problems. A Children’s HealthWatch study estimated that housing instability for families with young children will result in $111 billion in avoidable health care and special education costs nationwide over 10 years. Among low-income households, moving into affordable and stable housing is associated with 18% fewer emergency medical visits and 20% more primary care visits.  This equals approximately a $580 decrease in Medicaid health care expenditures.

Land, materials, and property costs have risen steeply– we are looking to the healthcare community to help us raise a roof or two. 

We are kicking off our “Housing is Healthcare” campaign because we believe that with your help, we can raise enough funds to build a Habitat home or two. The average cost to build a Habitat Susquehanna home increased in the last few years from approximately $160,000 to over $220,000. That is a big jump in cost, especially when only 4% of our building materials are donated.

Habitat also provides a repair program to assist with critical home repairs that enable low-income homeowners to stay in their homes.

Our repair program addresses a range of needs including accessibility projects, and other crucial repairs. Low-income homeowners are in dire need of assistance; for most low-income homeowners there is simply no other resource to help them address home maintenance challenges. Over 60% of our repair program participants are elderly and persons with disabilities at high risk of in-home injuries that could be prevented.  The health benefits and cost savings of aging at home are significant, but older adults simply need help. 

Please consider donating and sharing our Housing is Healthcare campaign within your circles of influence.

All gifts are tax deductible and provide tiered benefits and recognition based on the level of giving starting at just $250.  Plus, thanks to the generous matching gift of our long-time donor, core volunteer, and retired Emergency Room Nurse Pat Gilligan your donation could go twice as far!

A community that is healthy, is a community that is housed. Please help us by donating and sharing our Housing is Healthcare campaign – thank you!

Or Contact Our Director of Development, Ola Boswell, at oboswell@habitatsusq.org or 410-638-4434 ext. 7234

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“As an Emergency Department Registered Nurse for over 35 years, a 13+ year core volunteer and longtime financial supporter of Habitat Susquehanna, I have personally seen partner families living in damp, moldy, dark basements with horrid living conditions for parents and children resulting in chronic health issues, coughs, asthma, etc. Once moved into a clean, affordable, decent Habitat home of their own, health issues improved dramatically as did their mental well-being as they all began to thrive! This isn’t a faraway place unfortunately! These situations are in our very own Harford and Cecil Counties. I have committed to match the first $3,000 donated to this campaign because there are so many right around us who simply need a hand up. Please join me in supporting this campaign because decent, affordable housing truly is healthcare.”

Pat Gilligan RN. (Pictured to the far right)
Habitat of Susquehanna Core Volunteer and Supporter

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Habitat also provides a Repair Program to assist with critical home repairs that enable low-income families and individuals to stay in their existing homes.
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“Housing really is the foundation for health and well-being,” said Craig Pollack, a physician and professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Learn more about how housing impacts healthcare of local communities by reading this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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