Home To Stay Housing Assistance Center has recently been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

Acording to the Midland nonprofit, the grant funds will be used to purchase a new vehicle for its Furniture Redistribution program.

“The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation supports programs and projects that add an important dimension to community life, like our Furniture Redistribution Program,” said Joe Coffey, Home To Stay’s new executive director. “It really is community partners, like The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, that allow Home To Stay to continue our work toward safe, stable and affordable housing for all. We are truly grateful.” 

Coffey mentioned that Home To Stay works towards its mission of promoting self-sufficiency to Midland County residents in need of stable housing through the implementation of key programs like the Furniture Redistribution program.

“The Furniture Redistribution program recognizes that furniture needs can arise at any time,” a recent press release states. “Things like house fires, evictions, or a fixed income can all be factors. With this program, Home To Stay accepts new and gently used furniture from the community, then can provide those items to Midland County residents who are in need.”

Home To Stay opened its doors to safe, affordable housing in 1969 when 10 local churches formed the organization to improve housing conditions of low-income residents. A team of dedicated volunteers, board of directors and staff have a collective vision of a community with safe, stable housing for all.

The nonprofit is designated by the State of Michigan as the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency for Midland County, making the agency a recognized central point of intake for high-need individuals and families facing eviction or homelessness.