Quality of life can be improved when people have available, affordable, and accessible housing options throughout the state.
Housing is more than just shelter. A home, whether it is a detached house, an apartment, or a mobile home, is where families raise their children, older adults want to age in-place, and ill or disabled people may feel most comfortable. Individuals of all ages and families need safe, stable homes and neighborhoods for optimal physical and mental health today, as well as to flourish tomorrow. Our communities need stable neighborhoods where individuals and families can put down roots and create greater attachment and social capital.
Housing is more than a roof over our heads; it is often the foundation that enables people to live near jobs, build economic stability, improves child health and family wellbeing, and gain access to good schools and other public services. Families, children, older adults, and the homeless can benefit from safe, affordable, stable homes and neighborhoods. Stable housing improves a child's chance for school success. When communities have stable housing and supportive services, it can increase a person's potential and civic participation, and enable people who are ill or disabled to move forward with productive daily living. Having affordable housing available is important to a strong economy. It reduces worker shortages for employers and transportation problems for workers. Furthermore, concentrations of poverty in neighborhoods make them less stable, decreases property values, and make the areas less desirable for businesses.