Lack of affordable housing leads to homelessness

Rachel Zeitler | January 19, 2018

A recent News and Observer article profiles a woman named Vanezza, who is experiencing homelessness in Raleigh and struggling to find an affordable home for her family. The challenges facing Vanezza are her daughter are not unique. As Wake County grows, thousands of families struggle to find an affordable place to live.

During the 2016-17 school year, the Wake County Public School System reported 3,465 students experiencing homelessness. That’s up from 2,940 the year before. Lack of affordable housing is the leading cause of homelessness among families with children.

In Wake County, 91,000 families are cost-burdened and in need of an affordable home. As a community, we're working to help bridge the gap in all types of affordable housing. Habitat Wake contributes to this collective goal by building homes that are purchased with an affordable mortgage.

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Rachel Zeitler

Rachel Zeitler joined Habitat Wake in 2016 as the Advocacy and Societal Impact Manager. Rachel is a strong advocate for affordable housing, and leads Habitat Wake's efforts to promote policies and systems that advance access to safe, affordable homeownership. Follow her on twitter @rlzeitler.

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