World Habitat Day is celebrated on the first Monday in October. On this day, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and organizations from around the world in raising awareness, educating and mobilizing individuals and communities to take action on the current global housing crisis.
A decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, success and health that might have been
part of a family’s life for years, if not generations.
Join us to promote the awareness of the need for safe, affordable housing!
There’s No Place Like Home – Dream Home Coloring Contest
- Open for children ages 5-12
- Contest runs from September 22 through October 25, 2017
- Vote for your favorite drawing on Habitat La Crosse’s Facebook page from October 28-November 5
- Also cast your vote at the ReStore during their 11 birthday Sale on October 28th
- Winner will be announced on Habitat La Crosse’s Facebook page on November 7th
- Winner will receive a $50 VISA Gift Card
- Winning picture will be featured on Habitat La Crosse’s 2017 Holiday Card.
Did You Know?
- About 1 in 4 people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities. If action isn’t taken, that number will grow to 2 out of 5 — the equivalent of 3 billion people — by 2030.
- One in 5 people — 1.6 billion people worldwide — lack access to adequate shelter, and, by 2050, the
global urban population rate is expected to rise from 54 percent to 66 percent.
- Habitat works in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries.
- Through Habitat’s work each day, nearly 5,000 people find strength, stability and independence
through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
- By 2050, 7 in 10 people worldwide are projected to be living in urban areas, causing slums and
unplanned settlements to swell.
- Virtually nowhere in the U.S. can a full-time employee earning minimum wage afford a one bedroom
apartment. Even two such jobs won’t rent a two-bedroom apartment in 29 states and the
District of Columbia.
The Impact of Adequate Housing
- Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development and
the ability — and financial flexibility — to make forward-looking choices.
- Homeownership is a form of wealth accumulation through equity and forced savings from
- Good housing attracts economic investment and development.
- Decent shelter contributes to thriving school systems, community organizations and civic activism.
- Safe homes and neighborhoods help build social stability and security.