Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley honored by Habitat International

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley recognized as No. 1 in renovations across the country and an “Affiliate of Distinction” for its innovation, leadership and impact.

ANN ARBOR, MI (Feb. 27, 2017)– Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley) was named by Habitat International (Habitat International) statistics as the No. 1 affiliate in renovations of roughly 1,400 Habitat affiliates in the United States. Additionally, Habitat Huron Valley was named one of 23 “Affiliates of Distinction” by Habitat International for its achievements and innovation in serving Washtenaw County.

“We are thrilled to receive such recognition for our accomplishments throughout Washtenaw County,” said Executive Director Sarah Stanton. “To be recognized in the top 1 percent of Habitat affiliates across the country is such an honor. Our board, staff and volunteers work hard and I am proud to see their diligence and success celebrated through this award. I hope that this encourages others to join with us in our mission to provide affordable homeownership for low income families.”

Habitat Huron Valley is able to renovate roughly 18 houses in Washtenaw County for local low-income families and individuals who are qualified and approved for the Habitat Home Ownership Program each year. Through an affordable no-profit mortgage, local families and individuals save hundreds of dollars a month, mortgage payments to Habitat are invested back into the Home Ownership Program. Once a family completes the program, Habitat Huron Valley hosts a House Dedication prior to the closing to celebrate the future home owner and new home.

Habitat Huron Valley was also recognized as the No. 8 affiliate in the county for the number of families served and the No. 1 affiliate in Michigan. Habitat Huron Valley is No. 12 in the country and No. 1 in Michigan for support of international Habitat work.

Launched in 2013, Affiliates of Distinction was established by Habitat International to honor U.S. affiliates that meet or exceed best-practice standards. Local Habitat organizations are considered for the honor were reviewed by four criteria: Building a Sustainable Organization, Building Community Impact, Building Sector Impact and Building Societal Impact. Recipients maintain their recognition for two years, after which they reapply for the following award period.

About Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

Established in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley has built or renovated over 150 homes in Washtenaw County. Habitat homeowners qualify for a no profit mortgage from Habitat, make a $1,000 down payment, and put in at least 250 hours (per adult household member) of “sweat equity” building their home. Habitat has expanded to provide home improvement projects to low-income families in neighborhoods we already target, providing over 150 such projects since 2011. For more information, visit www.h4h.org.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S and in more than 70 countries, Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing