Posted June 21, 2019
Counties see a 355% increase in Veteran projects completed from previous year
Michigan Habitat for Humanity affiliates have recently surpassed their historical record and are leading the nation in number of veteran households served. Since July of 2018, over 100 Veteran projects have been completed by 35 affiliates, a 355% increase from the previous year’s activities. Michigan affiliates are the first to serve 100 veterans, outpacing California, Texas, Georgia, and Florida, all states with significant Veteran populations and service efforts.
“We believe strongly that every veteran deserves a decent place to live,” said Michael DeLaRosa, Habitat for Humanity International’s National Director of the Veterans Build Program. “Habitat for Humanity’s Michigan affiliates have heeded the call to identify veterans in need of critical home repairs and/or paying more than 30% of their income. The housing crisis is impacting every level of the housing spectrum and the work Michigan affiliates have been able to complete fills in a gap in the housing solutions available to our nation’s veterans. Habitat’s inclusive approach to all veterans, including peacetime, wartime, Reserve, and National Guard veterans, is cultivating partnerships with other veteran service organizations to also create meaningful volunteer experiences for veterans from serving their country to serving their community.”
Thirty-five Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Michigan are identified as Veterans Build affiliates, which indicates their efforts to intentionally serve and engage Veteran and Active Duty Military households in their local communities. In collaboration with federal, state and local veteran service organizations Habitat Michigan Affiliates have provided a suite of housing solutions for Michigan veterans, including 67 critical home repairs, 24 energy efficiency and indoor air quality projects, 7 home preservation projects, and 7 new construction homes ensuring safe, healthy, and stable housing for veterans and their families.
“Our affiliates throughout the state have been taking time listen, learn, and volunteer with veteran service organizations,” said Sandy Pearson, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. “Building relationships opens many doors to connect with our veterans to honor them, develop meaningful housing solutions, and engage with them as volunteers. People who have served with the military have a mission, strategies to achieve the mission, and are people of service to humankind. It’s a natural alignment and, together, we are only at the front end of all that can be.”
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan was also recently designated as a Bronze level Veteran Friendly Employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
To learn more about the Veterans Build Program, go to www.habitat.org/VeteransBuild
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 serve 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.
Communication & Marketing Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan
517-485-1006, Ext. 134
National Director, Veterans Build Program
Habitat for Humanity International