Posted December 10, 2019
Jackson, MI – Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority today announced $200,000 in new funding from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support critical repairs to homes across Michigan.
“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.
Officials from Consumers Energy and Habitat for Humanity were joined today in Jackson by representatives from Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The new donation will add to the pool of funds previously announced by MSHDA in support of Habitat Michigan’s Priority Home Repair Program.
“The future of the housing stock in our state depends on supporting the development and maintenance of safe, secure homes for Michigan families,” said Gary Heidel, acting executive director of MSHDA. “Joining forces with dedicated partners like Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and the Consumers Energy Foundation allows us to expand our reach and help even more homeowners keep their homes updated within budget.”
“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.”
Critical home repairs 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.
When Jackson Homeowner Elizabeth Bowler came to Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity, her main concern was a leaky roof that was damaging her floors. The Habitat team came through and assessed her property for health and safety concerns, which turned up an even greater 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.”
Consumers Energy and its charitable foundation have contributed over $1.5 million to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan since 2001. That included an additional $100,000 in support for this year’s Home Run for Habitat campaign, matching funds raised by Michigan residents.