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Habitat for Humanity Detroit Hires New CEO

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Habitat for Humanity Detroit Board of Directors has hired Stephanie Osterland as its new Chief Executive Officer. Stephanie is replacing Evelyn Brown, the organization’s interim CEO, who is completing her year-long contract position and returning to retirement after leading the affiliate through a successful reorganization and strategic planning process.

Stephanie served on the leadership team of Habitat for Humanity in Oakland County for the past eight years as Director of Partner & Community Programs, where she oversaw the design and implementation of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and housing counseling programs. She began her career in the nonprofit industry serving as a social worker in Detroit and spent six years managing housing counseling and education programs. She is passionate about the life-changing work of Habitat for Humanity, helping spearhead many community revitalization projects and processes to provide affordable housing solutions to many who thought they could never qualify.

Stephanie’s community-focused, servant leadership approach will help the organization seek to play an even larger role in addressing home affordability and sustainability in the neighborhoods of Detroit. “Housing intersects with so many other facets, like better health and education outcomes,” says Osterland, “and I want to help Habitat Detroit be part of that solution.”

Since 1986, Habitat Detroit has supported families in Detroit and neighboring cities in Wayne County through its home buying and home repair programs.

“We are excited about this transition at Habitat Detroit and the future of this organization in our city,” said Gary Dawes, chairman of the Habitat Detroit Board of Directors. “Our work over the past 34 years has helped make homeownership affordable to more than 350 families. Our work is far from finished. In many ways, the vast impact of our work lies ahead of us. I’m excited for Stephanie to join our team as she brings her vast knowledge of affordable housing and opportunities to Detroit.”

These are challenging times right now and the hardest hit will be the neighborhoods and homeowners that Habitat Detroit serves in this city. Through the addition of Stephanie Osterland as its CEO, the organization is positioned to tackle these challenges head-on with a solutions-oriented approach.

Habitat Detroit on WXYZ Detroit – Build CommUNITY Event on June 8, 2019

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For more information about the event, go to the Build CommUNITY Event page.

DTE Works with Habitat for Humanity Detroit to Improve Detroit’s North End

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“Good corporate citizenship” is something that many companies talk about but not all companies practice.

DTE Energy is priding itself on not only “talking the talk but also “walking the walk” when it comes to good corporate citizenship. Towards that end, 13 DTE employees spent a day last month working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Detroit staff and volunteers and neighborhood residents to improve a home in Detroit’s north end community.

They spent the day doing extrerior improvements to the home of Lisa Arnold through Habitat Detroit’s “A Brush With Kindness” initiative. The work included fence repair, door installation, landscaping, and porch reinforcement.

Since 2016 Habitat Detroit has been focusing neighborhood revitalization efforts in the neighborhood through a partnership with Central Detroit Christian Community Development. DTE also considers the area to a critical site. It operates a service center at the nearby intersection of Caniff and Oakland Ave. which houses over 150 employees.

Habitat Detroit is looking to expand its partnership with DTE for future neighborhood revitalization activities and a major community clearnup involving 300 DTE employees is planned for later this month.

Habitat for Humanity Detroit Helps Family of 3 Get New Home for Holidays

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LINCOLN PARK, Mich. – Ira Harris and her children were living with family in Detroit but needed a place to call their own.

She heard about Habitat for Humanity in Detroit.

“I heard it on the news, Channel 4 (WDIV), and I looked it up and I fit all the requirements, so why not?” she said.

But it wouldn’t be easy. Ground was broken on the home in Lincoln Park last fall, then the organization hit money issues and needed a financial rehab of its own.

“(We had) a number of houses where we stopped, including this one. In the spring time we were able to put people back to work, resume constructions, getting them finished and getting them into the hands of people like Ira,” said Ken Cockrel Jr., executive director of Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

The gorgeous home wasn’t just given to Ira. She earned it.

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