The need for affordable housing never has been more urgent. More than 1.6 billion people around the world lack safe, durable shelter that they can afford. In Springfield, over 25% of our community lives in poverty level conditions. There are many who are in great need of the stability and hope that decent housing can help foster.
A family should never have to spend more than 30% of their income on a home. In Missouri, nearly 1 out of 10 households spend more than 50% of their income on housing. In the Springfield area, 10,000+ renter households are considered extremely low income. This means that they make less than or equal to 30% of the Area Median Income. There is an estimated deficit of over 8,000 affordable units available. The stability that housing brings continues to remain out of reach for many people.
These are the realities behind the development of Habitat for Humanity of Springfield MO’s new 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. We must do more, we must do it faster, and we must do it with more impact. And we must work with others across our community and in our service area to expand the reach and depth of our efforts to reduce substandard housing and poverty.
Our methods must always be growing and improving in order to drive us closer to the day when everyone has a safe and affordable place to live. Our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan will have three phases.
Phase 1: Build Community Impact
Our main goal for Phase 1 is to improve the condition of housing in our area. We are striving to grow involvement in our initiatives, activities, and our mission, and will do this by focusing on starting new construction projects in Legacy Trails and our Neighborhood Revitalization partner neighborhood, Woodland Heights. We will maintain a number of quality properties, and will teach our partner homeowners to care for and develop their new communities. Our goals will be based on data and facts, and we will share that data with our supporters.
Phase 2: Build Sector Impact
Our hope for Phase 2 is to partner to increase access to shelter. We will achieve this goal by building our partnerships with the local and state governments, other nonprofits, local businesses, and the faith communities in our area. We will also team up to collaborate with other affordable housing advocates to increase access to quality housing.
Phase 3: Build Societal Impact
We hope our efforts will inspire action to increase access to affordable housing. Our plans to continue developing our volunteer program to build long-term and repeat volunteers, and enhancing marketing and advocacy efforts will raise awareness about the housing crisis we are facing. We hope to serve as a lead voice when it comes to the advantages created with mixed income communities and safe, quality housing options.
We are dedicated to the success of our new strategic plan, and hope to make great strides over the next few years to combat the affordable housing crisis. If you would like to see how you can help, visit our Get Involved page.