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
- The most recent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute estimates that a household consisting of one parent and two children would need to earn $59,962 a year to be self-sufficient – 200% of poverty for a family of 3 is only $39,580.
- 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 resource to our low-income neighbors to make necessary repairs affordable, to provide long-term reduction in housing costs through energy savings, and to make homes safer and healthier.
From 2010-2014, we provided more than 850 repair and weatherization services, completed more than 400 energy efficiency installations, and offered more than 300 workshops on more than 39 topics to Kalamazoo County residents.Our Repair and Weatherization work has been concentrated in the areas where we find both the oldest homes and the poorest households.