Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Receives $355,000 Contribution in Grants from MSHDA

LANSING, Mich.

Two popular programs will continue to benefit local Michigan Habitat for Humanity affiliates and homeowners with help from grants awarded to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan (HFHM) by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

“Thanks to the support of strong partners like MSHDA, our Habitat for Humanity network is able to create safer, healthier, more comfortable homes for families all over Michigan,” said Sandy Pearson, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. “These grants empower our affiliates to help more families with quality, environmentally friendly products for those purchasing a home, to repairing existing homes people already own and giving those families peace of mind thanks to healthier, safer housing.”

The funding will help maintain HFHM’s Prison Build and Priority Home Repair Programs, which assist nearly 200 homeowners annually. The Prison Build Program works with Michigan Department of Corrections facilities to provide high-quality products like kitchen cabinets, countertops, and wall panels to Habitat affiliates, while also teaching inmates valuable vocational skills.

The Priority Home Repair Program focuses primarily on addressing health and safety issues in existing home. These critical home repairs can include fixing structural problems, roof and basement leaks, mold issues, and inefficient or unsafe appliances. Homes will undergo a thorough home inspection and analysis, followed by prioritized repairs. The analysis will take into consideration critical path methodology, which lays out a sequence of tasks to be completed based on severity. For example, if a homeowner had mold due to a leaky roof, the roof repair would be prioritized first to alleviate mold growth, then the mold would be removed.

“Habitat for Humanity of Michigan is a committed partner in helping Michigan residents obtain safe and decent affordable housing, consistent with our mission,” said Earl Poleski, executive director of MSHDA. “We proudly support these programs because they contribute to healthy living environments and skilled trades opportunities that will positively impact the future of our state and the people who live here.”

During the last grant term, twenty-six Habitat for Humanity affiliates provided 82 families with cabinets and other products built by prisoners from five different correctional facilities in the state of Michigan through the Prison Build Program. The materials used to build these high-end, quality cabinets are made with low volatile organic compounds, reducing the amount of harmful gases released into the home and providing a safer, healthier product. During the 2016-17 grant term, 136 prisoners were involved in crafting Habitat for Humanity products. Of that group, 51 students completed the Michigan Department of Correction’s Building Trades Program and 13 re-entered society.

Through the Priority Home Repair Program, 18 affiliates served 60 families. Of those, eight were veteran households and 16 households had a family member with a disability living there. Prioritized repairs to first focus on providing families with safer and healthier homes included roof repairs & replacements, furnace repairs & replacements, repaired gas leaks, water heater and septic tank replacements, and mold remediation.



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Media Contacts: Misty Miller, 517-373-1858, or Sandra Pearson, 517-485-1006 ext. 111