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Genesee County Habitat for Humanity awarded $1 million for Flint home repairs

Media Contact: Misty Miller
517-373-1858 | millerm58@michigan.gov

February 3, 2017


MSHDA grant paves way for 30 major rehabilitation projects


Flint, MICH. – Flint homeowners in need of critical home repairs have an opportunity for added financial support from a $1 million grant awarded to Genesee County Habitat for Humanity by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

“Habitat for Humanity’s program provides support to low-income homeowners, so they can alleviate health and safety issues in and around their homes,” said Brian Mills, MSHDA’s acting executive director. “This grant aligns with our mission and is part of an ongoing state effort to help Flint households recover from the water crisis.”

The grant will allow Habitat to rehabilitate 30 owner-occupied homes in the targeted Flint neighborhoods of Grand Traverse District, Mott Park, Metawanenee Hills, Ballenger Square and Circle Drive.

"We are grateful for our partnership with MSHDA and this significant grant," Margaret Kato, executive director of GCHFH, said. "With these funds we will be able to continue to grow our owner-occupied repair program in the City of Flint and move forward our mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope."

Eligible repairs can include roofs, structural damage, porch repair, electric, plumbing, HVAC, handicap accessibility, siding, exterior paint, weatherization and energy efficiency. Homeowners must live in the house that needs repairs and are required to perform a minimum of eight hours of sweat equity for any repair work received. Additional eligibility requirements are available at www.geneseehabitat.org/home-repair.

“I’m encouraged to see the state recognize the potential of our region and choose us for this unique economic development opportunity,” said State Rep. Phil Phelps, D-Flushing. “The flexibility of this award will allow Habitat for Humanity to spend this money, creatively, in a manner that best meets the needs of the community.”

In 2016, the Genesee County Habitat affiliate rehabilitated almost 100 homes through its repair program. Homeowners interested in getting home improvement help should contact GCHFH at (810) 766-9089 or learn more at www.geneseehabitat.org.
 

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

 *MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit
www.michigan.gov/mshda.