Mott Foundation grants $250,000 for capital improvements to Habitat for Humanity

FLINT — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to Genesee County Habitat for Humanity (Genesee Habitat) to be used for replacing the roof on their building, located at 101 Burton St.

The building houses the main offices of Genesee Habitat and is also used for holding financial education and homebuyer education classes, apprenticeship classes and is home to the Habitat ReStore.

“We are extremely grateful to the Mott Foundation for their generosity,” said Executive Director Thomas Hutchison. “With the grant funding we are able to make the necessary roof repairs to our building and are now in a stronger position to be better able serve others.”

The roof began leaking several years ago and repairs were made, but over time it became apparent that, due to the nature of the underlying problems, a new roof was required.

“The new roof will not only benefit the health of our staff, clients and visitors, but it takes away the financial burden of such a major repair, allowing us to better support our programs and serve our community,” Hutchison said.

“Genesee County Habitat for Humanity is a strong organization that supports the housing needs of residents in Flint and Genesee County. We hope the grant will allow them to continue to focus on that work while addressing the structural needs of their headquarters” said Chris Stallworth, program officer at the Mott Foundation.

Construction on the roof has already begun and is expected to be completed in the next week.

Residents can get more information on Genesee Habitat’s programs by visiting geneseehabitat.org or calling 810-766- 9089. — G.G.