More Than a Roof: Affordable Homeownership as a Catalyst for Change

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When and Where:
Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
at Second Presbyterian Church

7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

More Than a Roof
Jim Morris, Marie Wiese


Event Description:


Experience the decisions the working poor must make regarding affordable housing and discover how homeownership is a catalyst for family stability and strength.

Have you ever lived in a moldy rental unit because it is the only place you can afford? Have you ever moved regularly to keep rent low? Do you pay more than 50% of your income in housing to ensure a better school for your kids?
In Indiana, the average hourly wage necessary to afford a two-bedroom, Fair Market Rate (FMR) unit is $14.03. More than half of Hoosier renters (52%) cannot afford the FMR, according to an Indiana 211 Partnership Community Report.  The need for affordable housing is real and the benefits of homeownership—stability for children, improved health and safety, increased education and job prospects, and asset building—can be life-changing. 

Attendees to this event will enjoy a simple meal (5:30pm) before participating in a poverty simulation (6:15pm) interwoven with the stories of Habitat families. This unique opportunity will help create better understanding of the economic, social, and community impacts of poverty and affordable homeownership. 

The event will conclude in a group reflection and conversation led by Jim Morris (CEO of Greater Indy Habitat), Marie Wiese (Circles Indy), and Habitat families eager to share their experiences. 

Presented by Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity, Circles Indy, and Second Presbyterian Church

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