This infographic is interesting to me because of the way that it lays out the mission and purpose of Habitat for Humanity International. Within conversations on homelessness, there are frequently discussions about the best methods for housing those in need. This discussion includes whether it is better to subsidize private rental units, this can be achieved through housing first models, or whether it is better to build new, affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity has been successful in facilitating affordable home ownership. The model is also replicable in other contexts. While working in New Orleans in 2009 with a group of students from Ryerson University, and Tanya Gulliver, we worked with an organization called St. Bernard Project that was utilizing a model similar to Habitat for Humanity. This model has led to St. Bernard Project completing its 500th rebuild since 2006. St. Bernard Project rebuilt houses that we damaged by Hurricane Katrina, starting in St. Bernard Parish, they have since helped rebuild in New Orleans as well.

Housing first models have proven to be successful in large massive scales. However, there are certain long run advantages to home ownership. Homes can be a source of wealth that is transferred between generations. Home ownership can also be a source of pride and accomplishment, but it is increasingly less affordable in big cities.

While working on complex tasks, sometimes I find it is important to step back and look at the basics. This is portrayed really well in this infographic.

connecting the dots