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Housing instability or homelessness does not always show up in a community as people sleeping on curbs or in encampments full of tents.


Housing instability refers to a number of challenges, such as spending the bulk of household income on housing, having trouble paying rent, staying with friends or relatives or moving frequently. (Source)

Of the active Interfaith families who reported their housing status as homeless last year:

  • 35% lived in a shelter
  • 27% lived outside or in a car
  • 26% lived doubled up with family/friends

“You do not see it.”

In this clip, Scout Troop Leader Phil Zietlow reflects on his initial thoughts after a Scout asked for his support in the early years of the Sleep Out. Years later, suburban poverty and housing insecurity continue to be “invisible” challenges.

Last year in our community:

what is considered affordable housing?

Housing is typically considered affordable when a family pays 30% of its income or less for a home.

Last year, Interfaith clients without housing subsidies spent an average of 58% of their income on rent or mortgage.

When utilities and other bills are added, the strain on family budgets is even greater.

The average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Plymouth is $1,705.20.

Some careers that might not generate enough income for an individual to afford a family-friendly apartment in our service area include:

  • Entry-level teacher (median income $44,458; 30% monthly income $1,111.45)
  • Mortgage Loan Funding Clerk (median income $40,141; 30% monthly income $1,003.52)
  • Public Safety Dispatcher (median income $39,402; 30% monthly income $985.05)

How does your support allow interfaith to serve neighbors in need of stable, safe, affordable housing?

  • It allows us to provide financial assistance and guidance to people at risk of eviction
  • It allows us to support individuals transitioning from homelessness to housed
  • It allows us to provide on-site resources for renters in affordable housing communities