Why Women Build Matters
Achieving housing stability is far more difficult for women to realize than for men in similar situations. Here are just three reasons why:
Men earn more on average than women, resulting in access to higher credit, better loans and better quality homes and neighborhoods.
Unequal caregiving responsibilities limit a woman’s ability to dedicate the necessary time to obtaining and maintaining consistent employment and decent housing.
Single women are denied mortgages at higher rates than single men despite the fact women are more reliable at paying back mortgages.
How Women Build Works
>> Hundreds of women come together to advance construction of homes that will be owned by women, right alongside the future owners.
>> In the months leading up to the event, these women raise money to help fund construction of the homes. In 2020, our Women Builders raised $390,722!
>> Each Women Builder commits to building with her team for one full day of the event and raising a minimum to participate.
>> There are two ways women can participate:
As a Team Leader, you:
Commit to fundraising the minimum and building one day of the event
Recruit 9 women to build and fundraise alongside you
Motivate your team members every step of the way to ensure each hits her fundraising minimum and has a whole lot of fun in the process
Coordinate with your team to get them registered and ready to build
As an Individual, you:
Join a team with open spots (don’t fret, we’ll help get you placed)
Commit to fundraising the minimum and building one day of the event alongside your assigned team
How to Become a Women Builder
We are now working on our plans for Women Build 2021! In the meantime, email email@example.com to learn more or add your name to our interest list. You can also learn more at chicagowomenbuild.org.