Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County expands into Madison Heights

For years, the Oakland County chapter of
Habitat for Humanity has concentrated its efforts almost exclusively on
Pontiac. That changes this year as the non-profit begins building houses
in Madison Heights.

Madison Heights utilized federal
Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to raze three houses recently and has
donated the land to Habitat for Humanity. The organization plans to
build two bungalows and a ranch home there in mid-April.

“The
city has been so gracious to us,” says Sally LePla, executive director
for Habitat for
Humanity of Oakland County
. “We can’t wait to break ground.”

The

non-profit is not forgetting about Pontiac. It built nine homes and
renovated two more last year in the Oakland County seat. It plans to
renovate another six homes and build five more there this year. The
organization doesn’t usually take on renovations because of acquisition
costs, but the housing crisis has enabled it to do so recently.

“It’s

sort of taking Habitat back to its roots,” LePla says. “The founder for
Habitat started with renovating houses.”

The organization is
starting a new Home Prep Program that will help qualify families to take
over its new and renovated homes. For information on participating in
that program, contact RaJon Taylor at rtaylor@habitatoakland.org
or at (248) 338-1843 ext 303.

Source: Sally LePla, executive
director of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County

Writer: Jon
Zemke