The average rent for a single-family home in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area spiked 29 percent in 2016, according to data released by RentRange, making it the No. 1 rent burdened area in the country.
In Lee County there are 34,290 children living in poverty. With a hand up through the Habitat program, families are given an opportunity at a new foundation for the future.
Affordable housing can improve the health and educational outcomes of low-income families and children, reducing the public costs associated with illness and poor school performance according to the Florida Housing Coalition.
Decent, stable Habitat homes provide the following for Lee and Hendry County families:
- Stability for families and children
- A sense of dignity and pride
- Improved health, physical safety and security
- Increased educational and job opportunities