CHEBOYGAN — Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity recently received a little extra help for its home repair program through a $1,000 grant from the First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation.
Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity was one of the legacy foundation’s first quarter grant recipients, with the $1,000 to be used to help fund its home repair program that serves low income Cheboygan County homeowners.
First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Mike Mahler recently presented Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Mandy Martin with the grant funding of $1,000. First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to serving community activities and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Alanson, Cheboygan, Gaylord, Lewiston, Oscoda, Mio, and Alpena areas.
The Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Program helps county residents who are already homeowners to make their home safer, if it is in need of repairs. It focuses on home improvements that will reduce the long-term cost of homeownership such as energy efficiency improvements and removal of health and safety risks.
“This program is intended to provide funds for the rehabilitation of owner occupied, single family residential dwellings,” said Martin. “Repairs will focus on improvements that will reduce the long term costs of homeownership such as energy efficiency improvements and removal of health and safety risks.”
There are three different divisions of this program. A Brush with Kindness is for any exterior work that needs to be done, such as painting, patching, landscaping, or replacement of materials to maintain the good and sound condition of the home.
Weatherization helps to improve the energy efficiency, air quality and comfort of the home. This is a process done to an already standing home and has a defined scope of work to be done.
Critical home repair is used when there is extensive interior or exterior work needing to be done to a structure. This is typically done when there are health, life and safety issues, or violations with building code standards. This can include changing around space in the home, making it handicap accessible, or fixing plumbing, mechanical and electrical system. This does not include painting.
“Our Home Repair program is new, but we did previously have a program called A Brush with Kindness the painting, which is now a part of our new program,” said Martin. “Through this program we were able to serve eight households between 2011 and 2017. We currently have seven approved home repair projects that we are on different phases on and hope to do at least seven more each year.”
Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing locally by constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes. The entity also advocates for fair and just housing policies and providing training and resources to help families improve their living conditions.
For more information on Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity programs and how you can get involved, visit them on Facebook, visit their website at www.habitatcheboygan.org, or call 231-597-4663.