DETROIT — The General Motors Foundation is donating more than $1.45 million to Habitat for Humanity to fund at least 10 new-home builds and 15 neighborhood revitalization projects across the country, including Michigan, as well as a special veterans’ program in partnership with up to 50 Habitat affiliates.
“An important factor in building stronger families and communities is the stability of a permanent home,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “This constancy is particularly important for our veterans and military service members, and we are committed to helping them – and the Habitat partner families – realize home ownership and take advantage of programs designed to move their lives forward in positive ways.”
The commitment from the GM Foundation will help give U.S. military service members and veterans access to programs that will help them become homeowners or improve their current living conditions. It will help fund the development of training programs enabling affiliates to better engage and serve their local veteran community.
In February, the GM Foundation announced a $400,000 pledge to Habitat for Humanity Detroit in honor of former GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. It also provided a $50,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan to fund volunteer projects in Warren, Pontiac and Flint, Mich., as well as help the Habitat State Support Organization fund its operations.
With this new commitment, the GM Foundation is providing more than $1 million through its national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International to support U.S. Habitat affiliates. This is the second year the GM Foundation has provided national funding to Habitat for home building and revitalization projects.