why socially inclusive Housing?
Housing instability is one of the biggest barriers to upward mobility
Socially Inclusive Housing
For those who experience homelessness or housing instability, life expectancy is shortened by 30-40 years when compared with peers in stable housing. Homelessness is not a temporary issue easily addressed by providing an individual with housing. We must examine how social connection impacts on a person’s experience of homelessness – before, during and after. We also must start moving upstream and address the systemic issues leading to housing instability in the first place.
The Gateway Collective will develop impactful Socially Inclusive Housing communities for working individuals and families. This work will lead to homelessness prevention and positive upward mobility for individuals of all economic levels.
The need for SIH
What is Socially Inclusive Housing?
Socially Inclusive Housing is high-quality workforce housing for all socioeconomic levels with a focus on social connection geared to improve life satisfaction, decrease cost of living, and increase civic engagement.
Who is Socially INclusive Housing For?
The Gateway Collective seeks to be a force for good to help people maintain a stable housing environment. SIH is poised to serve a number of target groups who are at highest risk and give them a helping hand.
We will provide young professionals affordable housing in a prime market near many of the large employers seeking their talent. This approach helps retain young talent in the community.
Hard Working Families
We will offer housing wellness and stability to hard-working families. Child-focused programs will help parents balance the demands of employment with the demands of the home. This approach stabilizes the family and the local economy.
In 2018, this population accounted for 16% of the local population and is projected to reflect 2/3 of the growth over the next few years. In addition to the need for affordable housing, this population identifies extreme feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Socially Inclusive Housing
More than just affordable housing, SIH is a model for wrap around support from community partners that leads to upward mobility
High quality, equitable access for mixed income levels in a favorable location.
Walking distance to employers, local economic investment, child care and afterschool support, resident investment program
Intentional design plan, Community Resource Advocate, ongoing programming
Spiritual foundation, health and wellbeing, job training, financial counseling
In alignment with the Brown County Community Health Plan, SIH provides equitable access to members of our community across all income levels.
LOWER INCOME WORKERS
Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)
Individuals earning up to $16/ hour
Family of four up to $23/ hour
Employed households who are above the federal poverty line but work low-paying jobs with little to no savings
1/3 of households in Green Bay don't earn enough for a basic survival budget
Over half of seniors in Green Bay fall within this income category
Households desiring to keep cost of living competitive while still accessing desirable downtown living
Access to intentional community spaces, on-site services
Socially Inclusive Housing is about intentional outcomes of improvement for tenants and communities
Increased access to affordable housing, stabilizing the cost of living regionally
Downtown employee retention leading to increased economic development
Improved wellbeing, increased life satisfaction and housing stability leading to higher graduation rates and long-term goal attainment
For cost burdened families, securing affordable housing will lead to more spent on healthcare, food, day care, retirement, and education