World Habitat Day 2018
At Habitat for Humanity Moncton, we share a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. On WorldHabitat Day, we want to raise awareness about the housing issues that face people in our community, throughout the country, and across the world. Across Canada, one out of every eight households are in core housing need, paying more than 30 per cent of their income towards housing costs in overcrowded conditions that are in disrepair.
In southeastern New Brunswick, we know that many people are in need of decent and affordable housing. Chantal Landry, Executive Director at Habitat Moncton says that
“homeownership needs to be part of the solution. We offer homeownership to people who do not have it as an option in the traditional sense. Becoming a homeowner not only contributes economically; but it also gives the family a sense of pride and a brighter future.”
At Habitat Moncton, we know the transformative impact that affordable homeownership can have. On average, Habitat generates $175,000 of benefits to society per home. These benefits come in the form of reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better educational and employment outcomes and improved health. In Canada, Habitat’s affordable homeownership program has created a social return on investment of over $590 million since 1985. In Southeastern New Brunswick, the Habitat homes we’ve built have resulted in over $4.3 million in benefits, helping us build stronger, healthier communities.