THE AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
Homelessness, substandard housing and the lack of affordable options are part of a national crisis that destroys lives, wrenches families apart and degrades communities. Every day more people live on the edge and solutions often are elusive.
Houston has experienced some of the highest housing cost increases in the nation. According to the latest report by The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, over the last 10 years, housing costs have risen most quickly for Houston’s lowest-earning workers. In the past year, of those citizens surveyed:
· 35% struggled to pay for housing
· 40% were unable to pay $400 in case of an emergency
· 25% had no health insurance
· 33% had difficulty paying for food
The widespread prevalence of poverty and homelessness in this affluent metropolitan area, and its surrounding counties, is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. High housing costs leave low-income persons with little money for other important expenses, such as healthcare, food, and education, leading to difficult budget trade-offs.
Affordable supportive housing is a platform for driving change and improving quality of life. As an intervention and prevention platform, it anchors a community and provides a launch pad for delivering a variety of health and social services.