Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority have announced $200,000 in new funding from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support critical home repairs across Michigan.
The new funding will add to the pool of funds previously announced by MSHDA in support of Habitat Michigan’s Priority Home Repair Program.
Homes will receive a thorough home inspection and analysis, resulting in a prioritized list of repairs such as fixing structural problems, roof and basement leaks, mold issues and broken or unsafe appliances.
“Consumers Energy is committed to Michigan’s people, the planet and the prosperity of the communities we serve. Continuing our relationship with Habitat Michigan is important because it provides safe, energy-efficient housing for Michigan’s residents and strengthens communities,” said Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s vice president for public affairs.
For example, when Jackson homeowner Elizabeth Bowler contacted Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity, her primary worry was a leaky roof causing damage to her floors. The Habitat team’s assessment turned up a more serious problem: a carbon monoxide leak from her water heater ventilation system.
“Had we not tested for carbon monoxide in the basement, we could have only repaired the roof and made the envelope in the home even tighter,” said Wendy Clow, executive director for Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity. “Those repairs would have put the family in more danger, trapping the carbon monoxide in the home. Luckily, the criteria for the Priority Home Repair Program requires a full assessment of the home, which made us aware of the dangerous leak in the basement and prevented a potentially life-threatening situation.”
Since 2001, Consumers Energy and its charitable foundation have contributed over $1.5 million to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, including an additional $100,000 in support for this year’s Home Run for Habitat campaign, matching funds raised by Michigan residents.
“We are incredibly thankful for our continued partnership with Consumers Energy and MSHDA to make this program possible,” said Sandy Pearson, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. “These repairs have the potential to drastically improve a homeowner’s quality of life and provide a sense of safety and security knowing that their home will protect them for years to come.”
Pictured, L to R: Sandy Pearson, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan; Yvonne Lewis, Consumers Energy; Wendy Clow, Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity, Elizabeth Bowler, Jackson resident, and Carolyn Bloodworth, Consumers Energy Foundation).