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June 2, 2023

Homeownership and Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness month, a time to raise awareness and support for mental well-being. At Houston Habitat for Humanity, we recognize the profound impact that homeownership can have on mental health. In this blog, we explore the link between homeownership and mental well-being. We use research and evidence based studies to highlight the power of having a place to call home to improve and change lives.

Stability and Mental Well-Being:

  • Homeownership provides stability, which is crucial for daily mental well-being. According to an evidence brief by Habitat for Humanity, stable housing is associated with reduced psychological distress and improved mental health outcomes. Having a secure and permanent place to live allows individuals and families to establish roots and permanence. This stability fosters a sense of security that positively impacts mental health.

Sense of Belonging and Community:

  • Homeownership cultivates a sense of belonging and community, contributing to mental well-being. Research suggests homeowners are more likely to engage in community activities, establish social connections, and develop supportive relationships with their neighbors. This sense of belonging and social integration provides a vital support system for individuals and families. Feelings of isolation are reduced which promotes positive mental health. Homeowners are more than twice as likely to join a neighborhood group than renters.

Empowerment and Self-Esteem:

  • The process of becoming a homeowner can empower individuals, leading to improved self-esteem and mental well-being. Taking control of one’s living situation, making decisions about their home, and building equity (wealth) can have a transformative effect on individuals and families. Homeownership programs foster a sense of pride, accomplishment, and empowerment, contributing to positive mental health outcomes. 

Financial Security and Reduced Stress:

  • Achieving homeownership provides a foundation for long-term financial security, reducing stress and anxiety. Stable housing with manageable mortgage payments allows individuals and families to focus on other aspects of their lives, without the constant worry of housing instability. This financial security positively impacts mental health, leading to reduced levels of depression and improved overall well-being. A reduction in stress can even improve physical health.

Home buyers applying to Houston Habitat’s program not only offers the opportunity for safe and affordable homeownership but also has the potential to positively impact one’s mental health. We recognize and prioritize the mental well-being of our homeowners, as we believe that a stable and supportive home environment contributes to overall happiness and personal growth.


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