Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
What we do:
- Build, rehab, and repair homes.
- Provide financial and homeownership training to homebuyers.
- Contribute to neighborhood revitalization.
How we do it:
- Work one-on-one with homebuyers.
- Focus on neighborhoods, listen to neighbors.
- Get involved with neighborhood & business associations.
- Partner with other organizations to implement innovative solutions.
- We build more because people from all walks of life join together to volunteer and support our work.
In this past year, we’ve achieved some pretty impressive milestones together!
- Earlier this year, we broke ground on our 400th home!
- We’ve scaled up our housing impact through a new four unit complex on Grand Rapids’ west side, our Catholic United Build
- Governor Snyder presented Habitat Kent with the 2016 Governor’s Energy Excellence Award for our partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools Academy of Design + Construction students
- MiBiz honored us with the 2017 Best Managed Large Nonprofit award
- The Green Building Council named us the LEED Outstanding Affordable Builder / Develop of the year. We built 15 homes earning LEED certification — 10 receiving Gold and five Silver. To date, we've built 158 LEED-certified homes. On average, Habitat Kent’s LEED certified homes save homeowner’s $67.12 per month over an average Michigan home. Habitat Kent also partners with Grand Rapids Public School and Grand Rapids Community College to provide professional green construction experience to the next generation workforce.
- We earned the Institutional Challenge to Achieve Racial Equity (ICARE) credential from the Partners for a Racism-Free Community
- And we released site plans for Plaza Roosevelt — a neighborhood-driven housing, education, health, and arts development, based on the hopes and dreams of the residents of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood.