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Habitat Capital Region, Habitat Michigan, MSHDA Partner to Help Homeowners

Nov. 26, 2019

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region, Habitat for Humanity Michigan, MSHDA Partner to Help Homeowners

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region is utilizing grant funds awarded to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan by MSHDA to pinpoint homeowners in need and complete priority home repairs.

November 26, 2019

LANSING, MICH. – Habitat for Humanity Capital Region is helping current homeowners keep their homes from disrepair and make home ownership more affordable for Ingham and Eaton County residents through two programs – Priority Home Repair and Down Payment Assistance – organized by Habitat for Humanity Michigan and made possible by a $1 million grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

The Priority Home Repair program helps low-income families by funding critical repairs to their homes. Without these repairs, the houses could affect the safety of the families living inside. To qualify for the Priority Home Repair program, homeowners must own the home or property, be up-to-date on their mortgage and taxes, have an income at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income, be willing to partner with Habitat Capital Region on critical repairs, and allow someone to assess the health and safety needs of the home.

Funding for the Priority Home Repair program will be available on December 1, 2019, and Habitat Capital Region will be accepting applications from community homeowners who need urgent repairs to their home.

“MSHDA Priority Home Repair grant funds allow Habitat for Humanity Capital Region to serve more homeowners throughout Ingham and Eaton counties with affordable critical home repairs,” said Talonda Moss-Mulgrew, Homeowner Services Director. “It can be the difference between living with buckets to collect water leaking into your kitchen when it rains and a new roof to live under without the stress and worry of the next storm”.

Down Payment Assistance is available for local families applying to own a Habitat Capital Region-built home. Families interested in owning a home built by Habitat Capital Region may apply at the website.

“Habitat Capital Region’s ability to find and serve qualified low-income homeowners is what makes them such a necessary partner,” said Sandra Pearson, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. “They’re able to work with families through this stressful process and ensure these repairs are targeting urgent situations where safety, security and health are on the line.”

As a long-term Habitat for Humanity of Michigan partner, MSHDA continues to support Habitat of Michigan’s programs that help local homeowners. Habitat Capital Region will receive a reimbursement of funds as part of a larger $1 million award for programs which impact communities across the state.

“By supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity Capital Region through our grant to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, we are able to extend the reach of our services to help make homeownership affordable and attainable for Michigan residents,” said Gary Heidel, Acting Executive Director of MSHDA, “Funding from our grants ensures the Priority Home Repair and Down Payment Assistance programs remain intact and available for families in need.”

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The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), established in 1966, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues.