By JOANNA M. BROWN, PHDSenior Fellow
The Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity seeks to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families by enabling them to access simple, decent, and affordable housing. Since its founding in 1987, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity has provided the opportunity of homeownership to more than 525 local families.
This research builds upon the evaluation 2012 Social Impact report and the 2015 Community Report. The purpose of this research is to conduct an analysis of Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity’s impact in empowering families in achieving strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership for the past 30 years. The goal of this study was to gauge Habitat Homeowners’ perspectives and thoughts related to homeownership and quality of life. In doing so, this research examined the connection between the ownership of simple, decent, and affordable housing and a homeowner’s quality of life, including: safety, health, education, social connectedness, family interaction and personal well-being, economic prosperity, environmental health, and transportation in Central Indiana (including Hancock and Hendricks Counties).