January 27, 2022 – Petoskey, MI –
Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity (NMHFH), the local leader in affordable housing, is pleased to announce a grant award of $80,000 from our friends and partners at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation (PHSACF). The grant funds received from the Community Foundation will be used for infrastructure in a new housing development in Alanson slated to break ground Spring 2022.
“The Community Foundation’s support of quality, affordable housing is not only providing new opportunities for homebuyers and their families, but they are also investing in a stronger economy, and a more sustainable, vibrant community for everyone.” says Sarah Ulrich, Executive Director at NMHFH.
“Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity is filling a desperate need in our community,” says David (DJ) Jones, Community Foundation Executive Director. “No one else in Emmet County is building this quantity of homes in this accessible price range. The Community Foundation realizes the importance of providing dollars for important infrastructure, where other funding often isn’t available.”
The Community Foundation continues its work alongside partners like Northwest Michigan Habitat, Little Traverse Bay Housing Partnership, and Housing North to help create attainable homes in and for our community.
The lack of affordable housing is a well-known issue across Northern Michigan, but there are very few housing projects being developed to address the growing need. The workforce is struggling under the weight of their housing costs, and it is creating a ripple effect of problems across our community for residents and businesses alike. At Northwest Michigan Habitat, we are undertaking the most ambitious housing project in the area, but as our capabilities to build these houses grow, our need for project capital and community support grows as well.