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Habitat for Humanity is internationally known for building and rehabbing homes for low-income populations, but the organization's local chapter also has a deep focus on bringing people together and providing hope to traditionally underserved communities.


Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley was founded in 1989 in an effort to create more affordable homeownership opportunities for Washtenaw County residents. Even though the organization serves the entire county, it mainly focuses on Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township. The organization specifically partners with the Township's Gault Village, West Willow, and Sugar Brook neighborhoods to empower residents and revive their communities.


The organization initially focused on construction, but switched to exclusively buying and renovating houses in 2008 amid the recession and foreclosure crisis. Habitat Huron Valley community development manager Sarah Teare says municipalities and residents supported the move because it didn't make sense for Habitat Huron Valley to build new homes when so many were sitting vacant. Habitat Huron Valley first received federal funding through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to purchase and renovate homes in Gault Village. The organization then expanded its reach into West Willow about five years ago, and into Sugar Brook last year.


Since its inception, Habitat Huron Valley has built or renovated more than 200 homes in Washtenaw County. Its current strategic plan calls for the organization to maintain its goal of 20 rehabs per year, while layering in efforts to serve hundreds of families through repair projects and community development. The organization has provided over 500 critical home improvement projects and over 4,000 minor repairs and energy efficiency fixes since 2011. In terms of all of the Habitat for Humanity International organizations, it's ranked number one in the country for number of homes renovated and number eight in the state for number of families served.


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