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There are housing needs in every community and we all know where to look, do you know how to help? Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity is working in our community to deal with these very real issues. This article is to help explain some of those housing needs.

Cities all around the world have grown so rapidly that more than half of us now live in urban areas. In some areas, the living spaces themselves are overcrowded, as families for into housing the can afford.


Many families find themselves paying so much for where they live that how they live is deeply affected. Parents are forced to make impossible choices about food, health care and education.

In some communities, repairing and rehabilitating existing homes is as vital a need as new construction.


Insecure tenure means living with the constant threat of eviction. More than 80 percent of the world’s population does not have legal documentation of their property rights

An important, but often overlooked, aspect of decent housing is reliable access to clean water and proper sanitation.

Imagine living through a frigid winter in a drafty apartment.

Even the sturdiest structures are no match for the worst weather, so it should come as no surprise that low-income families living in substandard housing are among the most vulnerable when disaster strikes.

Circle the globe — or simply drive around your town — and you will see parents, children, whole communities struggling with the instability and lack of opportunity that follow when safe, decent, affordable places to live are hard to come by.

For too many families, it’s quite the opposite. Leaking roofs, crumbling walls, mold, dirt floors — all of these contribute to disease and unease in families living in impoverished conditions.

Habitat believes that new and improved homes are intricately tied to better opportunities for children and their parents. We are convinced that housing provides a critical path out of poverty.

When you build with Habitat, you help a family build a better future. Safety, security, health, opportunity — all of these can be found inside a Habitat house. When you volunteer, donate and advocate, those are the doors you open. Help us build today!

Families in need of affordable housing live everywhere: villages, small towns, sprawling cities, your community.

Housing need presents itself wherever people live and work. It takes many forms and has far-reaching effects. Behind every example of need, every fact or figure about housing and poverty, there are families — families who simply need Habitat for Humanity’s hand-up to help them have a decent place to live.

What does housing need look like where you live?

How your support helps families build better lives

Home is peace of mind. It’s a chance to work toward security and opportunity. A decent home is sturdy and safe; it offers space for kids to grow and play. An affordable home leaves financial room for other life essentials such as health care, savings and education.

Habitat for Humanity believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Alongside families who simply need your help and support to become homeowners, we work toward this goal every day. See what we’re doing, and lend a hand!

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