Midland County Habitat for Humanity and Midland Area Homes collaborate for 2nd year, on addressing the increasing need for roof repairs and or replacement in the City of Midland.  Both agencies are excited to be collaborating again to fulfil this need in the community.  Both agencies state the need they continue to see most frequently is roofing. “We feel that many times we see instances where the roof of a home needs to be addressed before any other areas of repairs are addressed,” said Nancy Money, Executive Director of Midland Area Homes. “In many cases, it does not make sense to invest in other home repairs if the roof is need of repair or replacement.”

The agencies collaborated on a joint funding request with the City of Midland for a Community Development Block Grant which will fund the projects.  “We have secured funding through the City’s Community Development Block Grant funding to enable us to continue the roofing initiative in the City of Midland,” stated Jennifer Chappel, Executive Director of Midland County Habitat for Humanity.

The Community Development Block Grant is one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  This funding will bring $30,000 of Federal dollars into the city for this program.  “We encourage collaboration between community-based organizations through the City’s CDBG program.  The roofing initiative between Midland Area Homes and Midland County Habitat for Humanity is a strong example joint cooperation and leveraging of resources to better meet the need of low-income homeowners within the city” stated Grant Murschel, the City’s Director of Planning & Community Development.  It is important to note, that because this is a grant from the City of Midland, only homeowners living within the city limits of Midland and meet the income guidelines are eligible for consideration.  “Our goal is to serve 5 homes through roof repair and or replacement,” Chappel said. “We know the need is much greater than five but we need to keep the momentum going repairing or replacing one roof at a time.  “We hope to obtain additional funding in the future to continue this much needed initiative,” said Money.

The application period ended January 31, 2018.  Submitted applications are being reviewed.