When a family can access decent, affordable housing, they gain more than a roof over their heads.

Overview_of_Outcomes_Evidence_Brief_Social Post 3It is proven that homeownership is a stepping stone to economic stability, access to quality education, increased civic and social engagement, better health, and a reduced environmental footprint.

In fact, our Social Impact Study showed that, after moving into their Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley home:

  • 73% of homeowners reported being able to build their savings
  • 87% of Habitat kids graduated from high school
  • 98% of homeowners are now proud of where they live
  • 70% of homeowners saw an overall improvement in health problems like asthma, allergies, or mobility limitations.
  • 99% of homeowners say they now reduce, reuse, and recycle

These statistics are supported by research shared in Habitat for Humanity International’s “Why Home Matters” series evidence brief, “What are the benefits of homeownership?” This evidence brief explores the ways that families can prosper when they have the opportunity to own a decent, affordable home.


Click here to read the “What are the benefits of homeownership?” evidence brief.

The evidence brief includes:

  • Research on how homeownership leads to better test scores, higher rates of high school graduation, and more college attendance.
  • An overview of how homeownership promotes civic and social engagement.
  • A study of homeownership as a catalyst to wealth building for U.S. households.
  • Research on how decent, affordable housing improves physical and mental health.
  • Ways that Habitat for Humanity incorporates sustainability and energy-efficiency into home designs.

About the Author

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and renovate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please call 866.450.4432.

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