Elizabeth first applied for our program in early 2020 but was denied.
In spite of the denial, and in the face of having recently become a single parent, she was determined to work hard and find the new stability and safety her and her two kids desperately needed.
With the support of community partners, she was able to find and maintain a good paying job, establish good credit and start a savings account. Elizabeth reapplied and was accepted into our program a year later.
We are incredibly excited about partnering with her family in building them a home that will allow them to thrive in a way they could not have imagined only a year ago.
Did You Know?
In Ottawa County, 8,765 renters and 12,954 homeowners are cost-burdened (meaning they are paying 30% or more of their income toward housing costs). More than 1,100 housing units are considered sub-standard in that they pose a risk to the health and well-being of occupants, neighbors, and visitors.
The rising cost of mortgages and rent well exceed income increases
Housing construction rates are not keeping up with need
Gentrification is pricing our ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) families and individuals, as well as even more at-risk populations
Since 1990, Lakeshore Habitat has been serving families in Ottawa and parts of Allegan County through our affordable home building and repair ministry. Our vision is a community where everyone has a decent place to live, so we are working hard to increase our capacity.
With God's blessing, we hit our initial goal! As of May 2022, we've received a total of 406 donations.
Total philanthropic amount still needed:
Total philanthropic amount raised so far:
We're so close! Help us complete Vista Green and provide affordable homeownership to the 18 local Habitat families who will call Vista Green home.
Initially 2.4 million, we have had to increase our goal to $2.8 million to account for the rising costs of materials and labor.
How You Can Support Us
A one-time cash gift
A multiple-year pledge commitment (may be paid over a three-year period)
A gift of appreciated assets (e.g. stock)
The donation of an appreciated asset (e.g. property, automobiles, collectibles)
An estate gift
Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity is a qualified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Accordingly, your charitable gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of state and federal law.
What a Difference a Home Can Make
From providing a source of wealth to influencing health and educational outcomes to contributing to community development, home ownership has long-lasting, life-changing impacts.
93% feel better about their children's future
89% spend more quality time with their families
Homeowners are 16% more likely to vote in the local elections.
86% participate more in groups or activities in the community
Children of homeowners are 19% more likely to graduate from high school and 116% more likely to graduate from college.
96% of parents say their child's attitude toward school has improved
An estimated $300,000 in annual taxes is paid to municipalities by Lakeshore Habitat homeowners (for 150 homes).
Security and Stability
57% of homeowners moved six or more times prior to becoming a Lakeshore Habitat homeowner
12,768 hours were volunteered in fiscal year 2018-2019. Volunteering provides an opportunity to build community and be a part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis.
Campaign Cabinet and Endorsers
Shane and Laurey Ailes
Randy and Deanna Bethke
Jesse and Marisol Cabrera
Calvin and Sarah Chanski
Kevin and Kimberly Foster
Matt and Tamara Fox
Chuck and Julie Geenen
Kyle and Allison Geenen
Don and Rachael Hutchinson
Mark and Susan Johnson
Nick and Mary Rolinski
Nate and Bekah Schipper
Bob and Brenda Soeters
Don and Joy Vanden Brink
Ben and Kellye VanderWoude
Erich and Kristen VanRavenswaay
BVW Property Management
Calvary Christian Reformed Church
Central Wesleyan Church
Christ Memorial Church
Community Action House
Fellowship Reformed Church
First United Methodist Church of Holland
Good Samaritan Ministries
Holland Bread for the World Team
Holland Public Schools
Har Ye Kin
Kyle Geenen Group | Coldwell Banker
Lakeshore Home Builders Association
Lakeshore Housing Alliance (a program of Greater Ottawa County United Way)
Moran Park Church
Movement West Michigan
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
Ready for School
Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence
Resurrection Life Church Holland
Ridge Point Community Church
Ronald Blue Trust
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
Third Reformed Church
West Coast Chamber
Winning At Home
Zeeland Lumber & Supply
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