Growing up as a first generation Pakistani American I am no stranger to fantasizing about the American dream; owing a nice corner house, having a white picket fence, inviting friends over, and just having that housing security that owning a house brings. However as I've gotten older, I'm learning that the homeownership "American Dream" is entering the realm of fallacy ESPECIALLY for woman.
Homeownership is one of the most dynamic tools a person can use to build a strong, stable future and woman are being unjustly denied access to it. From the gender pay gap and its impact on credit profiles, to uneven childcare responsibilities that consume time and financial resources, to higher rates of mortgage denials despite superior payment performance, the hurdles keeping women from homeownership are high.
This October, I'm grabbing my hammer, strapping on my tool belt, and joining Habitat Chicago's Women Build alongside 550 determined women to knock these barriers down. Together, we will help our fellow women become homeowners with Habitat Chicago, a nonprofit committed to building a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
You can make a difference by helping me reach my fundraising goal so we can change the lives of these women forever and prove that there's nothing a group of committed women can't do!
I'm a big believer in change happening one person at a time, so I would extremely appreciate any support you can give! Big, small, or somewhere in between and if you cant I'd appreciate a share :) .