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HFHD Return Home Safe

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Habitat for Humanity Detroit, in partnership with Henry Ford Health System and Legacy Medical Foundation, is launching The Return Home Safe (RHS) program to reduce the risk for at-home falls by providing modest home safety repairs and transitional private-duty aides for eligible low-income seniors in three Wayne County cities.

A report by America’s Health Rankings said 29.3% of Michigan seniors ages 65 and older are likely to suffer from a fall, and one out of five falls causes a serious injury like a hip fracture and head trauma. These can lead to decreased mobility, loss of independence, social isolation and depression, and premature death.

“We see the positive impact that safe and healthy housing can have on quality of life,” says Stephanie Osterland, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Detroit. “We are excited to utilize Habitat Detroit’s construction expertise to serve our seniors.”

“Most of us know a senior who does not have the resources they need to be safe and well at home. Through this program we can help keep loved ones from experiencing the negative impacts of falls,” says Steve Ebben, President, Legacy Medical Foundation.

RHS is made possible by an initial $100,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund which will make a significant impact for the seniors in the cities we are serving.  However, additional funding is needed to allow Habitat to reach our goal of helping 100 seniors with repairs in the next 18 months and we are seeking additional partners to help assist these individuals.

Eligible low-income seniors are ages 65 and older, own their home in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park, and are considered at-risk for falls. Henry Ford’s Mobile Integrated Health team will work with Habitat to identify seniors who are at-risk for falls to receive home repairs. The repairs would be at no cost to eligible seniors.

The types of repairs to be made may include installing grab bars in the bathroom, fixing handrails and uneven flooring, and improving lighting.

“We are pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity Detroit and Legacy Medical Foundation on this community initiative to ensure the safety of seniors in their home,” said Alexander Plum, Director of Henry Ford’s Clinical & Social Health Integration.

Tayo Moss, Program Manager at Michigan Health Endowment Fund, said “The Return Home Safe intervention is a wonderful community initiative. We look forward to the progression of this work as it supports seniors through their healing process.”

For more information on this program and ways to help support the efforts of these organizations please contact Mary Ellen Kearney, Director of Fund Development, Habitat for Humanity Detroit, at mkearney@habitatdetroit.org or 313-521-6691 x 109.

Cars for Homes

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Did you know that donating your used vehicle could support our efforts in building a strong and safe community across Detroit?

It’s true! We accept almost all vehicle donations (including cars, trucks, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and farm equipment), and each gift benefits our homeownership program in astonishing ways.

When you donate your vehicle to Habitat Detroit, proceeds from the sale of your item help to strengthen the homeowners of our community. With your help, we are able to support these homeowners as they build upon their own stability and self-reliance. As an added bonus, the process is fast and easy, and you may even qualify for a tax deduction.

Don’t wait to get involved–start your donation today to impact the Detroit homeowners of tomorrow. Together, we can better our community, one household at a time.

Level One Bank and Habitat Detroit Partner for a New Down Payment Assistance Fund

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January 11, 2022, Detroit, MI – Level One Bank, headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI, is pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity Detroit in an effort to overcome barriers and provide a pathway to homeownership. Thanks to the generous contribution from Level One Bank, Habitat Detroit has created a new Down Payment Assistance program for qualified Habitat Detroit homebuyers designed to help low/mod-income families overcome barriers to achieve the goal of homeownership. Together Level One Bank and Habitat Detroit will transform lives, neighborhoods and communities by investing in PEOPLE and investing in IMPACT.

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.

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