ANN ARBOR, MI (September 28, 2017) – Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley) will be raising the walls of a new home on Oct. 6, 2017, for the first time in 4 years. Mitsubishi Motors R&D America (Mitsubishi) employees will volunteer between 9am – 4pm at 1343 Jeff Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48198 to raise the walls on the Hickman Family’s future home.
The initial Habitat model was to construct new homes each year. In 2008, with the real estate market crash, Habitat Huron Valley changed to complete home renovations instead of construction. This strategic move was implemented to keep Habitat Huron Valley a sustainable non-profit organization. Habitat Huron Valley has remained sustainable and is the No. 1 affilliate in the country for home renovations with over 200 home renovations completed. 2013 was the last year that Habitat Huron Valley raised walls on a home. This year Habitat is raising walls on a property containing a foundation, driveway and garage that was donated by the previous owner. A partnership with Ypsilanti Township allowed the property to be donated with the foundation and garage in place, saving Habitat Huron Valley more than $20,000.
Habitat Huron Valley is able to renovate roughly 19 houses in Washtenaw County each year for local families and individuals of low-income who qualify for the Habitat Home Ownership Program. Through an affordable mortgage, local families and individuals save hundreds of dollars a month.
“We are thrilled to create affordable homeownership for families throughout Washtenaw County,” said Executive Director, Sarah Stanton. “We celebrate the accomplishment of completing one new build this year with our local partners, volunteers, donors, and sponsors.”
Plante Moran Ann Arbor and Mitsubishi Motors R&D America (Mitsubishi) are the local sponsors of the future Hickman Family home. All sponsors enjoy construction volunteer days on site as well as contribute financial funding for the home. Plante Moran has been a partner since 2016 and has contributed over $13,500 through employee fundraising. Mitsubishi, a new sponsor, contributed over $5,000 and will spend two volunteer days on site. The contributions from these partnerships will prepare the Hickman Family home for a spring closing. Habitat Huron Valley is still pursuing additional sponsors to help offset the cost of the home.
Future homeowner, Kristine Hickman, is looking forward to the security being a Habitat Homeowner will bring. “I’m most looking forward to having a spot that everyone can return to and call home”, says Hickman. “A home that brings peace and a feeling of being settled that only a home can provide.” She also appreciates the stability it is going to provide for her four children and can’t wait to watch her children decorate their very own bedroom.
About Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
Established in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley has built or renovated over 200 homes in Washtenaw County. Habitat homeowners qualify for an affordable mortgage from Habitat, make a $1,000 down payment, and put in at least 250 hours (per adult household member) of “sweat equity” building their home. Habitat has expanded to provide home improvement projects to low-income families in neighborhoods we already target, providing over 500 such projects since 2011. For more information, visit www.h4h.org.