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Success Stories

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Ashara Manns, 30, has lived in her house her entire life and has owned it for six years. Through the Flint Home Improvement Fund, she had a front and back porch built and had new gutters installed.

“I’m so happy to have a safe place for me and my family. Every time I look at it I say, ‘Thank God.’ The steps were very unsteady, and I didn’t have any railings so the kids were just jumping off. Or when people came over I would say ‘Oh, be careful. Watch your kids!’ Now it’s safe for everybody. I’m so happy. I can jump on it and I don’t feel like the porch is going to cave in.

“Communications from Habitat was very good. Everything was efficient. Everyone got back with me and every question was answered. The workers were very professional and on time. They communicated well. They worked around my schedule of getting in and out of the house, which was great. I am so appreciative of this program.”