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Habitat for Humanity University forum explores homeownership benefits

Habitat for Humanity University forum explores benefits of homeownership

AMERICUS, Ga., Nov. 20, 2003 – Dr. Donald Haurin, a professor of economics and public policy at Ohio State University, will discuss proven benefits of homeownership at Habitat for Humanity University’s second lecture series presentation Thursday, Dec. 11.

Dr. Haurin, whose research and beliefs support Habitat’s position that building homeownership builds families and communities, will speak at 1:30 p.m. in the Clarence Jordan Center auditorium (corner of Church Street and Habitat Street). The hour-long discussion is open to the public, and light refreshments will be available.

“Politicians often claim homeownership has benefits for the resident household, the neighborhood, community and nation,” says Dr. Haurin, associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Governmental intervention in the housing market has been substantial, ranging from tax subsidies for homeownership … to encouraging and supporting nonprofit organizations.”

Research proves those benefits, says Dr. Haurin, who will discuss research that measures the short- and long-term benefits for children of homeowners. “Sizeable effects are found, supporting the arguments for programs that encourage homeownership,” he says.

Haurin, who has published numerous articles and research papers on homeownership and quality of life, will also share results of research that measures the benefits and costs of homeownership, covering such issues as household wealth accumulation, geographic stability, home maintenance, social and political involvement, level of environmental awareness, employment and risk.

The discussion is the second in a continuing series by Habitat for Humanity University, which is committed to developing a generation of leaders through e-learning, research, lectures and seminars. The series provides a link between Habitat partners and scholars driving the latest thinking and research in management and leadership. For information, call 800-422-4828, ext. 2726, or e-mail

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by in 1976 Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.