Habitat for Humanity raises $1.65M for affordable housing

The Vista Green neighborhood aims to alleviate the lack of affordable homes in the city of Holland and in Ottawa County. Courtesy Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity reached $1.65 million of its $3.9 million goal to fund an affordable housing neighborhood called Vista Green in Holland.

The neighborhood will consist of 42 homes at 285 W. 36th St.

The Strengthening Families, Building Communities campaign was initiated by Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity in January to support Habitat’s portion of the joint project. The campaign’s goal is to fund the construction of 18 of the 42 homes within the Vista Green neighborhood, which aims to alleviate the lack of affordable homes in the city of Holland and in Ottawa County.

Jubilee Ministries is the joint partner on the project and plans to build 24 townhomes as part of Vista Green.

The $1.65 million in funds Habitat’s campaign has raised to this point is derived from philanthropic donations towards a $2.4 million goal. A federal home bank loan and brownfield tax increment represent a portion of the $1.5 million in public dollars identified, which Habitat also is pursuing for the project. Habitat remains hopeful to secure the full $2.4 million in philanthropic donations to fully fund its campaign goal of $3.9 million.

“Raising over $1.65 million in a pandemic and with a recovering economy is something that the entire community should be proud of,” said Bill Badran, campaign co-chair.

“We now hope that the greater community will embrace this campaign to help us raise the additional funds needed to complete this effort,” said Rachael Hutchinson, campaign co-chair and a Habitat homeowner. “And to increase the impact, we have an anonymous donor who has offered a $150,000 match for gifts toward the campaign starting today through the end of the year. Donors can support this campaign by visiting building-community.org or stopping by Lakeshore Habitat to donate.”

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