WHY?

Why am I doing this? And why should you care?

THE PROBLEM: Poverty housing and homelessness are affecting our local, national, and global communities.  In the United States, almost 50 million people are living in poverty.  According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the average hourly wage among renters is $14.32. The housing wage is $18.79, and the gap is growing. This means affordable housing for low income renters is becoming increasingly out of reach.

THE FUNDS RAISED: Your donation will go towards affordable housing projects like the 13 local projects we will have the opportunity to work with during this trip. These contributions become grants for affordable housing groups and pay for necessary building supplies. Thank you for donating and allowing our team to make a meaningful impact on the lives of these American families.

THE ADVOCACY: Along the P2C route, we will be stopping in local communities to give presentations and bike safety classes. You can spread awareness too! Take a look at some awesome resources here:

National Coalition for the Homeless: how poverty is being measured, why that matters, and what we can do to eradicate homelessness in America.

Habitat Milestones: learn about how Habitat for Humanity is facing the affordable housing problem, providing bold solutions, and breaking the cycle of poverty.

UN Habitat: Bike and Build focuses on local advocacy, but this is a global issue!

Habitat Stories: enough with all the numbers and stats! See how affordable housing groups are directly impacting the lives of families in need from a micro level.

Understand that decent, stable housing provides more than just a roof over someone’s head. It brings stability and security to a family, a sense of pride to its owners, improved health to its occupants, and greater educational/economic prospects to its residents.

THE SERVICE: This is where things get exciting. We are not only going to learn about, discuss, and present on, the affordable housing issue. We will actually get to pick up our hammers and power tools to build the homes that will strengthen families and communities across America.

THE THRILL: I have always wanted to experience America’s beautiful terrain behind handlebars. I am extremely anxious and excited for this adventure. My parents think I’m crazy. I think they might be right.

Thanks for reading my first blog post. Hope to keep these coming over the next 9 months!

-Michelle

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