There’s a strong correlation between mental and physical health and having a decent and stable place to live. So then, it’s no wonder that a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Detroit and Meridian, an organization providing government-sponsored and managed care services to people of all ages, makes sense.
The two organizations are teaming up to form a new partnership with the goal of providing the people of the Detroit with more affordable, safe, reliable, and attainable housing options.
Meridian’s $52,000 investment and commitment to at least 11 volunteer days will help address immediate affordable housing needs in Detroit and provide long-term recovery and stability of displaced and marginalized communities. Meridian, a Michigan based provider of government sponsored health plans helping individuals and communities live healthier lives, one person at a time, has already supported the completion of one home this year and the rest planned into the beginning of 2024. The first home dedication was on Nov. 14, in time for the family to move in and get settled before the holidays.
“Meridian is proud to partner with Habitat Detroit to promote health equity and socioeconomic stability through housing by addressing gaps in the social care system,” said Meridian in Michigan’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Tara O’Neil, who serves on Habitat Detroit’s board of directors. “Research has shown access to safe, stable and affordable housing is a key social determinant of health, which can lead to improved physical and mental health and well-being in our communities.”
Habitat for Humanity Detroit not only works hard to provide new homes, they also make meaningful improvements and additions to existing homes. There’s also a strong emphasis on community education on financial and important homeownership topics, leading to more informed and successful homeowners.
By working together, the two organizations are able to serve the whole person and ensure families have the necessities and tools that support a long and healthy life.
Habitat for Humanity Detroit is proud to announce that it has been awarded the title of 2023 Habitat Affiliate of the Year (large affiliate category) to be recognized at Habitat for Humanity of Michigan’s Affiliates in Motion (AIM) annual conference on October 24, 2023. This esteemed recognition is a testament to Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s unwavering commitment to affordable housing, community development, and transformative impact.
The selection process for this award was based on accomplishments and innovations over the last year, and Habitat for Humanity Detroit excelled in various key criteria:
- Homes Built
- Home Repairs
- Veterans Served
- Community Impact
- Partnership with HFHM
- New Innovations
- Advocacy Involvement
This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s staff, volunteers, partners, and supporters who share the vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to call home.
“It is such an honor to be chosen as this year’s Affiliate of the Year in the Large Affiliate category. Habitat Detroit is proud to be able to offer new homes, critical home repairs, and homeowner education to so many Detroiters,” said Habitat Detroit CEO Stephanie Osterland. “We’re thankful to the Habitat for Humanity of Michigan organization, local and national businesses for their monetary and volunteer support, and to the people of Detroit for trusting us as partners in their homeownership journey.”
Habitat for Humanity Detroit remains committed to its mission and looks forward to continuing its work to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.