Consumers Energy Foundation Commits $200,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, Supporting Affordable Housing

shot of a roof with new gray shingles that was repaired with the Priority Home Repair Program

Posted March 22, 2021

LANSING, Mich., March 22, 2021 – Habitat for Humanity of Michigan has received a $200,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support critical repairs to homes across Michigan.

“The Consumers Energy Foundation is proud to work with Habitat for Humanity to ensure Michigan residents are living in safe, affordable homes that serve as the building blocks of strong communities,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are committed to serving our friends and neighbors, and partnering with Habitat to strengthen hundreds of households across our state.”

Critical home repairs through the Priority Home Repair program can include fixing structural problems, roof and basement leaks, mold issues and inefficient or unsafe appliances. Homes will undergo a thorough home inspection and analysis, followed by prioritized repairs. The analysis will take into consideration critical path methodology, which lays out a sequence of tasks to be completed based on severity.

“We are incredibly thankful for the Consumers Energy Foundation’s continued support of the Priority Home Repair program,” said Sandy Pearson, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. “Due to the pandemic, people are spending more and more time inside homes that may be unsafe, unhealthy and negatively impacting their quality of life. This program helps relieve that stress by ensuring that homeowners and their families have a safe, secure, and efficient home in which to live, learn, work, and thrive.”

Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity utilized the Priority Home Repair Program to serve a couple who were struggling to keep up with needed repairs on their home. Both residents have health issues and needed a hand keeping their home in good shape. After an initial inspection to assess the highest health and safety risks for the homeowners, Greater Jackson Habitat was able to replace the roof, install insulation, and update the furnace and water heater to more energy efficient models, among other repairs.

“The impact of the Priority Home Repair program has far outreached what we ever could have imagined,” said Wendy Clow, Executive Director of Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity. “It's more than just doing some much-needed repairs on homes. It's turned out to be a tool that has quite possibly saved lives in our community.”

The Priority Home Repair Program (including former Neighborhood Revitalization Program) has served over 260 households in Michigan since it began in 2015.

Consumers Energy and its charitable foundation have contributed over $1.8 million to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan since 2001.

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About Habitat for Humanity of Michigan

Based in Lansing, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan is the state support organization for Michigan’s more than 50 Habitat for Humanity affiliates and ReStores which service nearly every county in the state. HFHM’s mission is to increase the capacity of Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Michigan to build or renovate simple, decent homes in partnership with people in need.

About the Consumers Energy Foundation

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Consumers Energy Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. In 2020, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy and its employees and retirees contributed over $19 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation.