Recognized for Excellence

Habitat for Humanity of Cheboygan County was recently (June 1, 2011) awarded state and national standards of excellence

Cheboygan, Michigan Habitat for Humanity of Cheboygan County has achieved statewide recognition for its excellent building and operational standards which have recently exceeded the Habitat for Humanity International standards by meeting the more stringent standards established by Michigan Habitat for Humanity.

Each year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates operating in Michigan are required to complete an annual
“Readiness File” if they wish to qualify for the resources and grants available through the state organization, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.  Habitat Michigan affiliates must meet the requirements of Habitat International to continue their affiliation, but also the more in-depth requirements specified by the state organization that confirm the affiliate is actively planning for the future, adopting sound non-profit procedures and safeguarding the community’s resources and Habitat’s solid reputation.

Michigan affiliates use a unique model for non-profit organizations of building or renovating houses and then selling the houses to qualified low-income families at an affordable no-interest schedule the family can meet. These payments are utilized by the local Habitat affiliate to build more houses for low income families. The community benefits by stabilized neighborhoods and through the increased property tax revenues paid by the new homeowners.

“We have set a high standard for Michigan. Our donors and volunteers entrust us with their precious resources to do good in their local communities and we want to be sure we earn their confidence and trust every day,” says Sandy Pearson, President and CEO of Michigan Habitat for Humanity.

Pearson explains that Michigan’s additional requirements of the affiliate include those of establishing a strategic plan, an annual fund development plan and a board of director’s declaration that commits to meeting the new laws required of organizations that issue mortgages.

In addition, for the 40+ affiliates operating a Habitat ReStore as a fund raising activity, each store must meet the state level standards of operational excellence.  These standards include licensing, finances and solid retail management practices.

Last year, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan was able to re-allocate resources in excess of $5 million to the affiliates in Michigan who invested in this special effort to meet the qualifications of the Readiness File.

Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing ministry dedicated to building decent, safe, affordable housing in partnership with those in need throughout the world.