Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity joins national movement in April to address affordable housing needs.
One in four households in the U.S. pays more than 30 percent of their income for housing and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing or medical care. In El Paso County, we have one of the fastest rental rate increases in the country, and to afford a two-bedroom rental at fair market value of $950, a family needs an annual salary of $34,234 which is nearly $15,000 greater than full-time employment at minimum wage. To address the critical need for affordable housing in our community and across the country, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is joining Home is the Key, a national campaign by Habitat for Humanity International aimed at highlighting the critical need for decent, affordable shelter throughout the month of April.
Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Pikes Peak Habitat ReStore during this season of spring cleaning to donate and recycle items. Donated items stay out of landfills, are repurposed by shoppers, and all proceeds from sales support Habitat for Humanity in building more houses. And now the ReStore offers recycling for metal and procelain items, including broken appliances.
“We have seen firsthand how an affordable home can play a key role positively influencing education, health and financial opportunities for families and individuals,” said Kris Medina, Executive Director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. “Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive, and yet many in El Paso County still live in inadequate housing conditions. We invite our community in joining us in April and help us partner with even more homeowners in need of a hand up and a decent place to call home.”
Founded in 1986 Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is one of 27 affiliates in Colorado, and is currently developing Country Living, a 34-lot neighborhood in Fountain, Colorado. Building on average six to eight homes every year, Pikes Peak Habitat has assisted 151 families in achieving permanent housing in El Paso County.
To learn how to get involved with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, visit www.pikespeakhabitat.org.