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10th Annual Neighborhood Revitalization is Gearing Up

Midland County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) is getting ready to launch the 10th annual Neighborhood Revitalization. The goal of Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) is to improve communities in a way that makes a lasting impact on the quality of life of its residents.

Midland County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) was incorporated as a Habitat for Humanity International affiliate in 1988 and built its first home the following year. Its purpose is to provide adequate and affordable housing for Midland County families in need.

Habitat’s decades of work illustrate that individuals and families thrive when they have a safe and stable home in a safe and stable community. MCHFH realized that providing decent, safe, and affordable housing means more than building new houses. It also means maintaining Midland County’s housing stock by rehabilitating and repairing existing houses. This knowledge inspired the NR effort which helps current home owners that have low to moderate income, make critical repairs to their current homes.  Participating in NR work allows Habitat to fully embrace our mission – to build homes, communities and hope.

MCHFH focuses on a specific neighborhood and aims to partner with home owners to make critical repairs to homes to improve the neighborhood.  This marks the 3rd year the focus is on the neighborhood across the street from Midland High School, an area where the majority of homes were built immediately following WWII.  Many of the homes have reached an age that require significant and major repairs, an area MCHFH can assist with.  “Often times home owners are overwhelmed with the thought of hiring a contractor, do not have the knowledge to fix the needed repairs on their own, or simply cannot afford the repair.”, said Jennifer Chappel, President and CEO of MCHFH.   “The needed repairs are often delayed which makes the problem grow, causing larger

issues; increasing the homeowner’s utility bills, and causing unnecessary stress.  MCHFH secures grants and private donations to fund repairs and also offers no interest loans to help low to moderate income families repair their homes.  We firmly believe everyone has the right to safe, decent, affordable housing.”

MCHFH could not succeed at these efforts without the support from the community including a grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation.  The Midland Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen our community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future.  Grants were also received from Dow and Consumers Energy, among donations from other area businesses.  “We are thrilled with the support from the community for the NR event” said Chappel.  “Area churches, local businesses, local volunteers and corporations in the area all come to support with financial resources and by volunteering their time.  MCHFH is thankful for the community support to allow us to strive toward our vision of a community where everyone has a decent place to live.”

MCHFH, like its parent organization, is based on the principle of Christian partnership, which brings together people of all races, nationalities, religions and economic levels, to help those in need. Building community is as important as building houses. In the 10th years of hosting the NR effort MCHFH has revitalized more than 185 homes and has 15 homes scheduled for repairs this year.  With over 1,100 volunteers scheduled for the week-long event, MCHFH is looking forward to the revitalization of the community homes.

To learn more about Midland County Habitat for Humanity or to volunteer please contact Impact Manager, Amanda King at king@199.167.253.130 or 989-496-0900 x24.

 

Media Contact: Amanda King, Impact Manager

Phone: 989-496-0900 x24

Email: king@199.167.253.130