Julie and her 5-year old son have moved 11 times in the past 15 months. On her modest income, Julie struggled to find a home in Jefferson County for her family. Over that 15th month period, Julie and her son have slept on couches at friend’s homes; stayed in a shed with minimal amenities; and lived in a basement apartment that had mice in the walls and black mold.
Today, with your support of UGN Partner Organizations, Julie and her son made it through! Julie has just signed a two-year lease and she is grateful. She knows first-hand how tough it is to find an affordable and suitable home in Jefferson County.
You may know someone who has struggled or is still struggling with finding an affordable home. The lack of affordable housing places a significant economic burden on low to moderate income families in our community. Families like Julie’s often struggle to meet other essential expenses. High housing-related costs force families to make trade-offs between food, heating, and other basic needs.
According to the American Community Survey, the number of ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) households in Jefferson County is 26%. When combined with the number of poverty households (13% in Jefferson County), nearly 40 percent of the households here in Jefferson County are struggling to afford essential needs. The high cost of housing as well as the lack of affordable housing has placed a tremendous financial strain on individuals and families. Click here to view the Jefferson County ALICE Report
What would you be willing to give to make sure that individuals and families can meet their basic needs? We are inviting you to partner with UGN for our Summer Appeal, focused on access to affordable housing in Jefferson County and the impacts of high housing costs on families and individuals struggling to afford basic needs
With your partnership, UGN will:
- Inspire and challenge the community to support solutions that reduce the economic strain and housing burden on low income families.
- Raise awareness about the need for affordable housing and services that ensure families and individuals can meet their basic needs.
- Convene our UGN Partner Organizations, local government and community groups to share creative solutions for our community.
Together we can make a difference for our community! We look forward to partnering with you.
To learn more about the impacts of the high cost of housing the health and wellbeing, view The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Issue Brief: Where We Live Matters for Our Health: The Links Between Housing and Health