May 6, 2023
Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay has been partnering with UCSC's Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance. The Blum Center has engaged undergraduate and graduate students in a research project, interviewing Habitat homeowners to quantify and document the impact that affordable housing has in people's lives.
The Blum Center’s project goals include documenting and assessing program impacts to further enhance capacity, educating UCSC students about affordable housing and fostering community-engaged research skills, and raising awareness in the community and among policymakers of the importance and benefits of affordable housing.
Habitat will be able to use the outcomes of the study to share the impact our programs have for local community members in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
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On May 6, five UCSC undergraduates, one graduate student, and two faculty members working with The Blum Center spent their Saturday volunteering at Habitat's build site, Rodeo Creek Court in Santa Cruz.