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Build It Forward

What builds a community? Kindness. Goodwill. Hope. Everyone needs help sometimes – and everyone deserves to have a safe and affordable place to call home.

To grow our impact and help revitalize area neighborhoods, we are expanding our mission to construct new multifamily housing in addition to single-family homes. Your contributions to our Build It Forward capital campaign will help us grow affordable housing options for hardworking families in the Midland area – helping to transform lives and strengthen our community. Safe, affordable and stable housing builds thriving neighborhoods and strong communities.

Help Us Build Midland County’s Future. Let’s Build It Forward.


An Investment in Hope

For more than 30 years, Midland County Habitat for Humanity has been transforming lives in our community. And we aren’t stopping. In fact, we’re enriching our housing portfolio.

Throughout the next three to five years, our mission is to build 10 multifamily homes and 6 single-family homes in addition to repairing 125 owner-occupied homes. Our Build It Forward campaign helps more families in Midland County achieve their dreams of home ownership and revitalizes city neighborhoods.

A Housing Shortage – Right Here at Home

In 2018, urban planning group czb conducted a housing analysis in Midland County. The results revealed a real need for more affordable housing options for low-income households.


Who was involved in the housing study? How did it come about?

The housing study completed by czb was done through a partnership between Midland County Habitat for Humanity, the City of Midland, the United Way of Midland County and Home to Stay Housing Assistance Center(formerly Midland Area Homes).

A thorough analysis of the county’s housing market assessed the need for affordable housing. czb studied data from the U.S. Census, the American Community Survey and Midland County home sales. The czb team also visited Midland in 2017 and met with stakeholders, including developers, realtors, landlords, housing services providers and members of the philanthropic community.


Why is MCHFH building multifamily homes?

Midland County Habitat for Humanity is building multifamily homes in response to urban planning group czb’s recommendation for a financially efficient solution to the affordable housing shortage within the city of Midland.


What type of multifamily homes is MCHFH building?

MCHFH will be building duplex, triplex, and fourplex homes. These are not apartment buildings. Habitat families living in multifamily units will not be renting, but rather they will be homeowners who pay mortgages. MCHFH will continue to build single-family homes and revitalize neighborhoods as part of our mission and long-term plan. In response to community need, our immediate focus will be on building multifamily housing – starting with duplex, triplex and fourplex units. Multifamily housing allows us to serve more residents per square foot of property and allows us to build housing at an overall lower cost per unit. These units have many benefits for homeowners, including less maintenance for homeowners and an improved sense of community for homeowners and neighbors.


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

How much is the capital campaign trying to raise and how will the money be used?

In conjunction with other partners, MCHFH is embarking on a 3-year, $2 million capital campaign. We are aiming to raise $750,000 for the first multifamily development (a mix of duplex, triplex and fourplex units).


Who are the other partners and how are these organizations working together?

Midland County Habitat for Humanity is collaborating with the City of Midland, Home to Stay, and Affordable Housing Alliance to make a collective ask to the community as we expand our mission, based on data from the 2018 Midland Housing Study conducted by czb.

To learn more about our capital campaign and its progress, visit midlandhabitat.org/builditforward

BUILD IT FORWARD

Your generous gifts and acts of service impact the people we serve and help us deliver on our mission, “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

We are so thankful for each of you – our supporters and volunteers – who make it possible for us to lift up others and help home ownership dreams come true. We cannot do what we do without you, and no amount of support is too small! Every donation helps a family help themselves. The families we serve are just like us. And with a little help, they can have a strong foundation under their feet. Together, we can build it forward in the new year. Thank you for supporting us as we continue to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.