Dear Habitat friends,
“Home for the holidays” has traditionally signified a magical time of year when we gather with our families and friends to celebrate in the warmth and comfort of our homes. This year, the holiday season will look different for so many of us. As we face the continued impacts of COVID-19, phrases like, “safer at home” and “shelter in place” highlight the importance of home as never before. Many of us are questioning what the “new normal” might be.
Even before COVID-19, more than 18 million U.S. households — 1 in 6 — were spending half or more of their income on housing. The pandemic’s economic impact is only increasing the number of people struggling to make ends meet, while further exposing inequalities in communities already suffering as a result of systemic discrimination in housing policy.
This holiday season, you can help shape a portion of the new normal by investing in affordable homeownership, critical home repairs, aging in place modifications, and emergency home repairs for Iowa Valley Habitat families.