OSCODA – This month, your shopping trip to 24 Northern Michigan Family Fare stores is also a chance to build your community. 

Through Feb. 21,  SpartanNash, at its Family Fare stores will add a “Donate to Habitat” option at every checkout.

Eleven independent Habitat affiliates blanket northern lower Michigan. Each affiliate builds homes and supports home ownership in their communities. With this annual campaign, SpartanNash helps Habitat Affiliates raise thousands of dollars for home builds and other projects. Every dollar contributed at the checkout stays in each store’s community. 

“The SpartanNash Foundation is proud to work with Habitat for Humanity,” said Meredith Gremel, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “By working with our Habitat for Humanity partners, we can ensure that all dollars donated during our retail scan campaign will have a significant impact right in our local communities.”

The need is greater than ever. Regionally lower wages and the pressure on home prices from vacationers and retirees have always been obstacles to homeownership in northern Michigan. In the current market, there are new roadblocks. The remote worker expansion has caused an explosion of relocations to the area, both driving up prices and reducing the inventory of available homes. Even rental opportunities are difficult to find. For many low to middle income families here, Habitat homeownership is their only chance at ever owning a home.

The Habitat program allows people with a steady income and acceptable credit to own their forever homes. Each adult in a Habitat family contributes an average of 250 hours of sweat equity to the program. They agree to keep their finances in order and take classes on financial management and homeownership. In turn, Habitat and volunteers build a quality home that the Habitat homeowner will purchase with a mortgage of 30% or less of their monthly income. 

Habitat homeownership is life changing. Most habitat partners are living in a home they own for the first time in their lives. A safe stable home provides confidence, stability and self-reliance. The SpartanNash Foundation, the charitable arm of SpartanNash and Family Fare stores, helps Northern Michigan Habitat affiliates build hope and affordable housing.

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