This brief looks at the experiences of families working together to build their own homes through self-help housing programs. Through personal stories and descriptions of promising programs across the country, we illustrate how self-help projects strengthen communities, stabilize families and help them achieve economic success. 

November 25, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    An overview of self-help housing programs, and how they work.

  2. 2

    How self-help housing projects economically benefit low-income families.

  3. 3

    How self-help housing projects help families to develop social networks.

  4. 4

    How self-help housing projects create supportive communities where children thrive.

  1. 5

    Why self-help housing projects are a successful strategy for low-income families in rural America.

Key Takeaway

Building Community, Ensuring Economic Success

Self-help housing programs that organize low-income families to work together to construct homes for themselves and their neighbors not only help these families to develop community connections, but also to lower their debt and help their children thrive. It's a win/win for all. 

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