Home Is The Key

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Home Is The Key

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Habitat for Humanity
of Weber and Davis Counties
raises funds and awareness in April
to increase affordable homeownership
as part of national campaign

OGDEN, UT (April 10, 2018) — For many people across the U.S., access to an affordable home remains out of reach, creating barriers to affording necessities such as food, education or medical care.

From the Affordable Housing Online site, it has stated that “HUD defines a cost burdened renter household as one that pays 30% or more of income on gross rent”. From the data provided by US Census Bureau 2015 ACS 5-yr, it estimates that more than 43% of renters are considered cost burdened in Weber and Davis County. In Weber County, it is estimated that over 71% are actual homeowners, while in Davis County, over 77% are homeowners (1). For Weber County, 10.8% of households are estimated to be in poverty, while 6.3% of the households in Davis County are considered to be in poverty(2).

From the National Low Income Housing Coalition site, it explained Utah was ranked #26 from highest to lowest 2-bedroom housing wage. The Out of Reach 2017 report discussed that “in Utah, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $885. In order to afford this level of rent and utilities (without paying more than 30% of income on housing) a household must earn $2951 monthly ($35,410 annually)”. This level of income translated into an hourly housing wage of about $17.02 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks per year(3).

In Weber County, the estimated hourly mean renter wage in 2017 is considered to be $10.63. 1.6 full-time jobs at mean renter wage would be needed to afford a $553 2-bedroom rental(4). In Davis County, the estimated hourly mean renter wage in 2017 was considered to be $10.71. 1.5 full-time jobs at mean renter wage would be needed to afford a $557 2-bedroom home(5).

Home is the key logoTo address the critical need locally and across the county, Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties (HabitatWD) is joining Home is the Key, a national campaign by Habitat for Humanity International aimed at highlighting the need for affordable housing and raise funds to drive lasting change.

One of the ways that HabitatWD raise funds for affordable housing is from the Habitat Ogden ReStore. Anyone can shop, donate, and volunteer at this Habitat ReStore, located at 3111 Wall Avenue, Ogden, UT 84401. It is a nonprofit home improvement thrift store and donation center. The Habitat Ogden ReStore sells new and gently-used merchandise and items to the general public. Proceeds go towards the Habitat affiliate and their repair and building projects for families in need. Currently, proceeds are going towards the Guzman family, the next partner family for HabitatWD.

For the month of April, the Ogden ReStore is having their Declutter Drive for those who are doing Spring Cleaning in their homes. Items can be donated to the ReStore, rather than giving it to the landfill. The Ogden ReStore is environmentally friendly, while also being a good source for good quality items being sold at a fraction of the original cost.

HabitatWD is also having their Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Guzman family, a single mother and her six kids. This will be held at the new Habitat home build site, located at 450 15th Street, Ogden, UT 84404. The affiliate hopes to bring awareness for the need of safe and decent homes for everyone, especially for the Guzman family.

We have seen firsthand how an affordable home can play a key role in helping families and communities,” said Maria Rague, Marketing Director, at HabitatWD. “Providing an affordable and safe Habitat home can give a household the opportunity to have a better lifestyle, health, education, and so much more. We hope that our community will support us in our mission by donating, volunteering or advocating with us throughout April. Our goal is to partner with more homeowners and build strong futures together.”

HabitatWD has built over 13 Habitat homes in the Weber and Davis Counties. One of the previous Habitat homeowners has finally paid off their Habitat home, while another is on their way to paying it off soon. Two Habitat Homes were built in 2017 and within 10 months with the community’s help and support. The Habitat partner families don’t get a “hand out” but a “hand up” since they put over 300 hours of sweat equity and volunteerism into their Habitat home and the affiliate. HabitatWD hopes to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter for many more families in need.

To learn how to get involved with HabiatWD, visit www.habitatwd.org or www.habitatwdrestore.org to visit the Habitat Ogden ReStore site.

For more information about Home is the Key, visit www.habitat.org/key.


Main Office
2955 Harrison Blvd. Suite 202 Ogden UT 84403 | 801-475-9821 | info@habitatwd.org
About Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties (HFHWD) is a nonprofit organization that strives to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. Our affiliate has built over 14 homes since 2004. We build and repair homes for local low-income families. For more information, visit www.habitatwd.org.
About Habitat Ogden ReStore
Habitat Ogden ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement thrift store and donation center. Proceeds from the Habitat ReStore goes towards the affiliate, HFHWD. When you shop at the nonprofit store, you are helping families who need repairs and decent homes.
Media Contact:
Maria Rague | 801-475-9821 | maria@habitatwd.org

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Footnotes
1. Affordable Housing Online. David Layfield and ApartmentSmart.com, Inc., 2002-2018, https://affordablehousingonline.com/advocacy/Utah/Weber-County. Accessed 10 April 2018.
2. United States Census Bureau.U.S. Department of Commerce, https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/daviscountyutah,webercountyutah/PST045216. Accessed 10 April 2018.
3-5. “Out Of Reach 2017”. National Low Income Housing Coalition, pp.UT1-UT3. http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/oor/files/reports/state/OOR_2017_UT.pdf. Accessed 10 April 2018.

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