The Issue: Housing Costs Causing Undue Burden
In 2010, 27% of households in the Chicago metropolitan area had a severe housing-cost burden—meaning they spent more than half their incomes on housing costs—according to data from the Center for Housing Policy. Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances is one of many options to reduce utility costs and enable families to overcome this challenge. The US Department of Energy reports that energy-efficient bulbs use up to 80% less energy to produce light than their traditional incandescent counterparts. Replacing 15 traditional bulbs with energy-saving bulbs can reduce electric costs by up to $50 per year for families.
The Campaign: Replacing Light Fixtures in Homes
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Windy City Habitat for Humanity can replace 22 light fixtures in one home with new energy-efficient fixtures. Windy City Habitat for Humanity will replace the light fixtures within the 16-home West Pullman project. The efficient lights will help to reduce utility costs and keep the homes affordable for the low-income families living there. Each additional $23 raised will fund another energy-saving light bulb for a home within this project.
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Windy City Habitat for Humanity
As a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Windy City Habitat for Humanity partners with families, community volunteers, and donors to build affordable homes for residents with low incomes in the Chicago metropolitan area. When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, it enlists the help of the family who will be living there. They contribute a minimum of 350 hours of volunteer labor, known as sweat equity, completing the project alongside volunteers, neighbors, donors, churches, and other supporters to engender a spirit of renewal and togetherness. Once families move in, they pay a no-interest mortgage with monthly payments based on 25% of their income. These payments go into a revolving fund that promotes the construction of more homes.