Midland Area Homes keeps families and seniors stably housed

A little known and local resource helps Midland residents sustain stable housing by staying in their homes and also provides home repair assistance to those who are in need.

Midland Area Homes started 49 years ago, in 1969, as an initiative between ten local churches in Midland, initially aiming to provide assistance to those in danger of losing their home.

The group works with other Midland non-profits including Midland’s Open Door, Shelterhouse, 211, The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity across several different programs and projects. Fielding over 1,600 requests annually, Midland Area Homes acts as a one-stop shop for clients needing assistance. If not able to directly help, the group often finds another program or effort that can.

Donating help, home repair and other assistance, Midland Area Homes provides approximately $500,000 to clients each year providing local families and residents assistance to remain stably housed.

“There is a significant need within the community for assistance with maintenance work and in keeping residents stably housed and hat often go unseen,” says Nancy Money, Executive Director of Midland Area Homes. “The donations we get directly impact the lives and well-being of local families and senior citizens for years to come.”

Help can range from housing plans and stabilization for those that are homeless to advocacy for those facing eviction. Midland Area Homes has home repair services for low-income families and senior citizens to assure residents are safe and have access to basic systems and utilities.

You can also help the organization by donating gently used furniture, working appliances and other household items. These items are then placed within homes of those in need. Midland Area Homes offers pickup of these items every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Drop off is also available Monday through Thursday at the main office.

The groups biggest effort in helping fund assistance in the Midland area is the annual House to Home Fundraiser. This year’s House to Home event will be held at the Midland Country Club on May 17. The group has increased the donation goal this year to $80,000 for 2018.

In the past, up cycled items were created and auctioned off, but this year the organization will be auctioning off painted adirondack chairs at the event. All proceeds will go to support local housing rehabilitation and stable housing efforts.