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Our Community – Our Impact

During the 2019 program year, our organization had the following results:
  • 102 households served
  • 46 furnaces installed/repaired and 41 water heaters installed/repaired
  • 65 workshops conducted
  • 586 total workshop attendees served (354 income qualified)

How many of your neighbors struggle to make ends meet? The things we consider basic needs in our modern society – housing, food, healthcare, childcare, transportation – those costs add up, as we all know.

Did you know:

  • Kalamazoo County has the 18th highest poverty rate in the state of Michigan, with an overall poverty rate of 18.6%
  • 83% of all poverty within the county is concentrated in the City of Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas of Oshtemo, Portage City, and Kalamazoo Township
  • More than half of the residents of the City of Kalamazoo live at 200% of poverty or less
  • Nearly 30% of owner-occupied households in Kalamazoo County are considered housing cost burdened – meaning that their housing costs exceed 30% of their household income
  • Per the United Way Alice Report – Michigan (2019), the Household Survival Budget reflects the bare minimum cost to live and work. It does not include savings for emergencies or future goals. In Kalamazoo County in 2017, the average Household Survival Budget was $66,528 for a four-person family. There were 28,996 households in the city of Kalamazoo, and 58% were below the ALICE threshold.
  • More than half of the homes in the City of Kalamazoo are more than 60 years old. These older homes, typically energy inefficient and costly to maintain and repair, tend to be occupied by lower-income families, adding to their housing cost burden.

Many families in our community are struggling to make ends meet. Unexpected home repair issues and high utility bills often force families to make tough choices, and often leave them living in stressful, unhealthy, and even unsafe homes.

Community Homeworks provides the resources to our neighbors to make necessary repairs affordable, to provide long-term reduction in housing costs through energy savings, and to make homes safer and healthier.