YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Monday was World Habitat Day, which is a day set aside by the worldwide Habitat for Humanity organization to raise awareness of homelessness.
In Youngstown, the day was celebrated by dozens of volunteers who pitched in to help work on Habitat’s latest project on Oak Street on the city’s east side. Habitat says 1.6 billion people worldwide do not have adequate shelter.
Locally, two-thirds of all children are living in poverty and are more likely to not have adequate housing. The executive director said not having a good house to live in can lead to other problems.
“It’s something the whole society should be aware of because if kids don’t have a stable place to live, it is very hard to them to focus on other issues and have them be productive members of society,” Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County Executive Director Monica Craven said.
The family who will be moving in to the new house also helped build their new home.