The Impact of Housing on Women
In LA County, 60% of renters cannot afford where they live, the wage gap that exists between men and women makes it more difficult for women to access affordable housing. The result is an increasing number of women living in substandard, unsafe and unaffordable conditions. The need for affordable housing has increased due to COVID-19’s effect on wage loss and unemployment.
More than 4 million women reported being behind on their mortgage payment as of early January. Among homeowners with mortgages, Latinas (15%), Black (18.9%), and Asian (16%) were all over two times more likely than white men (7.1%) to be behind on their mortgage payment, according to the National Women’s Law Center and National Low Income Housing Coalition.
This year has taught us a home is more than just a shelter. It’s a safety net, our prescription for health, and it’s the foundation for the futures we build. At San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, Women Build has grown to become a signature event attended by hundreds of women from all backgrounds (and their allies) – coming together to build homes, communities and hope. To date, this event has helped house families in Glendale, Pasadena, Monterey Park, Baldwin Park, Monrovia and throughout the San Gabriel Valley through volunteering, donations, and advocacy. As the Women Build movement continues to grow, our hope is to empower more women, inspire change in housing, and raise funds to help more families.