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Our Community – Our Impact

How many of your neighbors struggle to make ends meet? The things we consider basic needs in our modern society – housing, food, healthcare, childcare, transportation – those costs add up, as we all know.

Did you know:

  • Kalamazoo County has the 18th highest poverty rate in the state of Michigan, with an overall poverty rate of 18.6%
  • 83% of all poverty within the county is concentrated in the City of Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas of Oshtemo, Portage City, and Kalamazoo Township
  • More than half of the residents of the City of Kalamazoo live at 200% of poverty or less
  • Nearly 30% of owner-occupied households in Kalamazoo County are considered housing cost burdened – meaning that their housing costs exceed 30% of their household income
  • The most recent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute estimates that a household consisting of one parent and two children would need to earn $59,962 a year to be self-sufficient – 200% of poverty for a family of 3 is only $39,580.
  • More than half of the homes in the City of Kalamazoo are more than 60 years old. These older homes, typically energy inefficient and costly to maintain and repair, tend to be occupied by lower-income families, adding to their housing cost burden.

Many families in our community are struggling to make ends meet. Unexpected home repair issues and high utility bills often force families to make tough choices, and often leave them living in stressful, unhealthy, and even unsafe homes.

Community Homeworks provides the resources to our low-income neighbors to make necessary repairs affordable, to provide long-term reduction in housing costs through energy savings, and to make homes safer and healthier. 

During the 2017 program year, our organization had the following results:
  • 71 households served
  • 124 critical repairs completed; includes:
    • 32 high efficiency furnaces installed
    • 33 high efficiency water heaters installed
  • 27 mechanical cost sharing installations for five local housing agencies
  • 72 workshops conducted
  • 206 total workshop attendees served (48 income qualified individuals)
  • 13 volunteers as workshop instructors
  • 53 volunteer hours used for workshop instructors
  • 156 volunteer hours for the Youth Opportunities Unlimited program