• “Financial education” and “workforce development programs” had the highest number of “1” rankings (25.82% and 27.5 respectively) • “After-school and s ummer youth programs” (20% ranked number 1)
• “Fitness and health programs” (14.5% ranked number 1) • “Community building social events” (12% ranked number 1)
“Clearly a majority of Americans consider financial wellness ‘job one’,” said NHPF VP of Resident Services, Ken White. “This finding reinforces the need for affordable housing providers to offer a wealth of onsite educational and other services.” Nearly 40% of respondents fear job loss will lead to loss of housing. In addition, those polled also felt that the following could lead to a loss of housing: Perceived lack of affordable options (28%), increased rents (24%) and retirement (21%).
“Job loss is the top concern to those who fear losing their housing; the two go hand-in-hand,” added Burns.
Despite these fears, CEO Burns is buoyed by the positive attitudes of survey respondents about affordable housing, adding, “It all starts with housing. Without the underpinning of a secure place to live, it’s nearly impossible for an individual or head of household to find and keep a job and provide for themselves and their loved ones.”
To that end, The NHP Foundation is looking to increase its construction and preservation of affordable housing units substantially this year.
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