May 1st, 2019 - Harbor Springs, MI - Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity in Harbor Springs has completed work on a home repair project for a Boyne City couple thanks to grant funding from several area organizations.
NWM Habitat serves residents of Emmet and Charlevoix counties through housing programs such as the PATH Program, the Home Ready Program, and the Home Repair Program. The organization received an application for the Home Repair Program from a couple living in Boyne City that was dealing with large amounts of moisture in their home. After doing a walk through of the home Habitat Construction Manager, Larry Dolbee, found that extensive work was needed in the crawl space. As per all Habitat for Humanity Programs the couple was required to perform "sweat equity" hours on their home, or volunteer their time to help with the repair.
"The Peters’ couple worked as hard or harder on their project than anyone I worked with to date." said Mr. Dolbee, "The husband would finish work at his regular job then come home and work with us digging trenches, moving stone bucket by bucket into trenches, leveling dirt, installing foam between joist, installing reinforced poly on the floor, building and insulating the access panel and wrapping columns. The work they performed was back breaking as it all was done in the crawl space bent over."
Installation of a de-humidifier had a significant impact on the crawl space climate. When work was started on the home the floor was covered with about 3 inches of water. Installation of trenches, corrugated perforated pipe and stone helped to drain standing water. "Installation of the dehumidifier changed the relative humidity from 99% (nearly raining) to 54% as of last night. The living room flooring is beginning to squeak due to drying out!" said Mr. Dolbee.
Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity is able to offer housing services such as the Home Repair Program thanks to funding support from organizations such as the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, MSHDA, and Consumers Energy.
NWM Habitat is currently accepting applications for Home Repair Program. To qualify, residents must be homeowners in Emmet or Charlevoix Counties, meet income qualifications, be willing to partner with Habitat through sweat equity, and meet other requirements. For more information about the program please contact Julia Johnson - Program Services Coordinator for NWM Habitat at email@example.com or by calling 231-348-6926 ext. 105