Saginaw-Shiawassee Receives Largest One-Time Donation in its 35 Year History

Received a donation of 28.79 acres of land from David Friedman and Stan Finsilver.

Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity, a 501c3 not for profit organization for the worldwide elimination of substandard housing, announced today that it has received a donation of 28.79 acres of land from David Friedman and Stan Finsilver. The combined value marks the largest one-time donation ever received by the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity. The land is comprised of two parcels, the first (13.82 acres) located off Bay Road and the second (14.97 acres) located off Trautner Road in Saginaw, Michigan.

Property owners David Friedman — Co-founder, Executive Managing Director, President & CEO of Friedman Real Estate and Stan Finsilver, retired Co-founder of Friedman Real Estate entered into an agreement to donate the land to Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity, securing the sites for the non-profit organization. Friedman and Finsilver had owned the land since the 1990s. Friedman additionally owned the adjacent shopping center off Bay Road and several adjacent land sites next to the Trautner Road site. “Understanding that the biggest impediment to constructing affordable housing is the amount of capital needed to acquire land, we could not think of a better way to give back and support a community that has supported Friedman Real Estate throughout the years,” said David Friedman.

Carmen Mora, Executive Director of Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity, said, “We are grateful for the magnitude of this donation and what it means for the future of our program. We are most appreciative of Mr. Friedman and Mr. Finsilver’s recognition of the need to continue building affordable homes. Their generous donation will benefit those in need of improved housing in our area for the foreseeable future. A donation of real estate may provide a location for our next build or provide an asset that can be sold for cash to fund our next land purchase,” Mora continued.

Since 1987, Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity has helped over 959 extremely low- to low-income families representing over 2,397 individuals build strength, stability, and independence. This includes building or renovating 239 houses that have been sold to asset-limited, income-constrained families, and repairing over 600 owner-occupied houses through its Home Repair services, as well as serving hundreds of families through Housing Counseling.

About Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity

Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry providing decent, safe, and affordable housing to low- and modest-income families in Saginaw and Shiawassee counties. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations, and volunteer labor allow Habitat for Humanity to build or renovate affordable homes with those in need of improved housing. For more information, to donate or volunteer, please visit sshfh.org, call 989.753.5200 x 207 or follow us on Facebook.

About Friedman Real Estate
As one of the largest privately held full-service commercial real estate organizations in the nation, Friedman Real Estate provides clients with a single point of contact for the full range of Advisory, Property Management, Multi-Family, Brokerage and Construction services that it offers. Friedman manages more than 140 commercial properties encompassing more than 15M SF and more than 13,000 apartment homes throughout the United States. Friedman’s brokerage team has over 800 current listings with $20 billion in closed transactions. As owners and managers of commercial property for over 30 years, Friedman understands what it takes to achieve results that maximize their clients’ objectives. Additional information is available at friedmanrealestate.com and on LinkedInFacebookInstagramYouTube, and Twitter.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org, or follow us at Facebook or at Twitter or join Habitat’s blog community at habitat.org/blog.

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Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity Receives Funds through Dan Kildee’s Efforts

Funding will be used to serve low to modest income families with grants to fund big ticket items such as furnaces, water heaters, insulation, roofs

Congressman Dan Kildee success in approval of grants submitted to the Appropriations Committee through the Federal Budget

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee, Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation, supported by Democrats and Republicans, in the U.S. House of Representatives to fund the government for the rest of the 2022 fiscal year. The legislation includes all 10 of Congressman Kildee’s Community Project Funding requests, benefitting Saginaw, Genesee and Bay County residents.

$520,000 to the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity and the Bay County Habitat for Humanity to undertake critical home repairs, including energy systems and roofs for low-income households and veterans.

“We wholeheartedly thank Congressman Dan Kildee, who worked hard to have Appropriations Committee projects funded to benefit local communities he serves. Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity is so grateful for funding that will help low- to modest-income homeowners with grants to replace big ticket items such as furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners, water heaters and insulation they would otherwise not be able to replace without assistance,” said Carmen Mora, Executive Director of Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity.

Since 1987, Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity has helped over 959 extremely low- to low-income families representing over 2,397 individuals build strength, stability, and independence. This includes building or renovating 239 houses that have been sold to asset-limited, income-constrained families, and repairing over 600 owner-occupied houses through its Home Repair services, as well as serving hundreds of families through Housing Counseling.

“Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a long-term government funding bill that will help grow our economy and lower costs for mid-Michigan families. I am proud that this legislation includes funding for local economic development projects that will make a real difference in mid-Michigan, growing our economy and strengthening our neighborhoods,” Congressman Kildee said. Altogether, Congressman Kildee secured $9,638,000 in funding for 10 mid-Michigan community projects through this government funding package.

Recently, the Appropriations Committee created a new opportunity for Members of Congress to direct federal resources for certain projects with demonstrated community support. Each Member of Congress can submit up to 10 projects for consideration. All 10 of Congressman Kildee’s community project funding requests passed the House yesterday.

About Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity
Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry providing decent, safe, and affordable housing to low- and modest-income families in Saginaw and Shiawassee counties. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations, and volunteer labor allow Habitat for Humanity to build or renovate affordable homes with those in need of improved housing. For more information, to donate or volunteer, please visit sshfh.org, call 989.753.5200 x 207 or follow us on Facebook@HabitatSaginaw.

Veterans may be eligible to receive home repairs

Jerry Johnson (age 87) a veteran, received a much-needed accessible bathroom that includes a low-step shower, ADA toilet, ADA sink, flooring, new subfloor and updated plumbing in the basement.

We are seeking households with veterans defined as

-someone who served in any of the armed forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy)

-for any amount or period of time

-with an honorable or general discharge. Other types of discharges can be discussed to see if they qualify. Dishonorable discharges do not qualify.

-regardless of whether they were in combat or not

-with a modest or low gross household income (this means income before taxes is counted for all household members). There is a chart of maximum income based on the number living in the household.

-where the veteran owns the house, has a land contract or resides in the home without being an owner

THERE IS A BRIEF WAITING LIST at this time.

Please call Liz Gluchowski, Home Repair Manager at 989-753-5200 x 210 or email her a homerepair@sshfh.org for additional information.

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