Social & Education Policy

Document Type

Technical Report

Publication Date

4-1-2013

Abstract

Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Iowa make a difference in the lives of partner families by giving family members the opportunity to help build and then purchase an affordable, decent, energy-efficient home. Habitat affiliates also repair and weatherize occupied homes, connect thousands of volunteers to their communities, help revitalize neighborhoods, divert tons of material from landfills, and provide in-depth homebuyer education to partner families.

This report delivers a conservative and reliable estimate of certain economic impacts of Habitat affiliates in Iowa, which ripple through the state to create levels of activity far greater than what the organization directly creates. Spending by Iowa Habitat affiliates over the course of 2011 resulted in a total output of $23,660,222, total earnings of $9,680,597, and 230 jobs in the state’s economy. In addition, the homes built increased potential property tax revenue by $175,147. Habitat affiliates transform public and private grants and gifts as well as donated materials and labor into much-needed housing and other vital services for low-income families, and in the process make an important contribution to Iowa’s economy.

Keywords

Habitat for Humanity for Iowa, Housing, Affordable housing, Iowa

Total Pages

16 pages, 3 tables

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Copyright © 2013 the authors

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/ppc_social_policy/3