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Decent, Affordable Housing is a Matter of Conscience and Action
- Stability for children and families.
- Dignity for parents.
- Improved health, physical safety, and security.
- Increased educational and job prospects.
- Engaged homeowners, invested in their communities.
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- 115,874 Pinellas County households pay more than 30% of their income for housing.
- 47,360 households in Pinellas County pay more than 50% of their income for housing.
17,615 housing units are substandard. (Technically speaking, housing is “substandard” if it is overcrowded, lacks heat or lacks complete kitchen or plumbing facilities.)
*Source: Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
- There is not a single county in the country where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford even a one-bedroom apartment at what HUD determines to be the Fair Market Rent. (NLIHC: 2006)
- Almost 16 million Americans pay 50 percent or more of their income for housing.
- One in three American households spend more than 30 percent of income on housing, and one in seven spends more than 50 percent. (JCHS: 2006)
About 95 million people, one third of the nation, have housing problems including a high-cost burden, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. (NLIHC: 2004)
**Source: Habitat for Humanity, International