If there’s one thing that can make a difference in someone’s life, it’s a roof over their head. Read about the difference that affordable housing can make right here in your community, and learn how you can help.
5 Ways Housing Improves Quality of Life
Homelessness can exacerbate feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression. It becomes nearly impossible to take prescribed medications regularly when you’re living on the street or in a shelter. Once someone obtains housing, keeping medications safe and taking them on time is a lot easier. Simply getting enough sleep in a safe place can greatly reduce stress and other emotional health symptoms.
Staying warm, being able to safely store food and getting a proper night’s sleep are just some of the many physical health benefits to having a home. At CASA, we’ve seen firsthand the benefits that can be made from having a warm bed to sleep in and a refrigerator to store fresh foods and medicines.
Having a permanent, affordable home allows you to put down roots in your community, build a network of friends, and reconnect with family. Once you have an address, you can register to vote and enroll your children in school. Having a permanent home makes it easier to get to know your neighbors, join a faith community, or volunteer.
A safe, affordable home allows you to move beyond survival mode and think about the long-term. Whether its employment, sobriety, education, family, or just a peaceful existence, a home provides the space to plan for the future.
A home can provide some protection from the threats of violence and abuse often faced by people experiencing homelessness. Having a door you can lock and boundaries you can control contributes to a feeling of security and safety.
The Difference Made by CASA
CASA served 633 residents in 2019 alone with 90 new move-ins. That’s 633 people right here in your own community now with improved health, safety, and a better outlook on life.
Nearly 1 in 5 of our households are occupied by a veteran, which is a population that can face even more challenging obstacles on the way to stability and independence. Nearly 3 in 4 CASA households have an occupant living with a disability, a demographic for whom housing can make an even greater difference. And 10% of CASA tenants are children.
The Difference You Can Make
The success detailed above was made possible by more than $1 million raised from the community, and we couldn’t do it without you. Our impact is only made possible because of the donations of others. It’s easy to donate to our cause.
Housing makes a significant difference in the lives of others, and you can help. Consider making a tax-deductible donation today or explore our other opportunities to get involved.