Midland County Habitat for Humanity has traditionally focused on new construction homeownership; however, for the past decade, its Neighborhood Revitalization effort and home repair programs have served more than 250 Midland County homes.
“Expanding into home repair and home revitalization is a way to allow Habitat to expand on our mission to build homes, communities and hope,” said Habitat President and CEO Jennifer Chappel.
Habitat for Humanity and the United Way of Midland County are collaborating to assist county homeowners impacted by the large-scale flooding in May.
“We are working with the long-term recovery group and case managers to identify homes in need of repair support,” said Chappel.
Funding comes from the United Way’s Rise Together Fund and donations gifted to Habitat for Humanity specifically for flood repair. The main focus is ALICE households — those that are asset limited, income constrained and employed. ALICE households have an income that is higher than the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford basic household necessities.
“Both Habitat and United Way are committed to serving the vulnerable ALICE and poverty populations,” noted United Way President and CEO Holly Miller. “Together, we understand that maintaining affordable housing is a challenge many face, and a historic flood has added another layer to that challenge. As we work collaboratively to help bring relief to so many impacted by the flood, we are honored to work with our friends at Habitat. They bring a wealth of expertise and resources that can be leveraged to impact as many households as possible.”