By Meghan Kuhr, Communications Intern
On Tuesday, November 12, CEDAM member Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) held an open house for their newly rehabbed Lansing home. The almost 100-year old house was beautifully restored with 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, original wood floors, modern conveniences and a two-car garage.
CAHP provides livable homes, increases housing values and ensures each home they renovate is safe and affordable. They empower families to improve their financial health and help homebuyers become successful homeowners.
“[The house] will be sold to a family at or below 80% of the area median income and so, for a family of 4 in Lansing, that’s about $54,000 a year,” said Sage Hales-Ho, executive director of CAHP.
With housing prices only increasing in the U.S. and in Lansing, CAHP’s work is critical.
“It’s really hard for families and working people and not working people, people who can’t work, to find homes that are decent and safe,” Hales-Ho said. “There’s a high need for the affordability, there’s a high need for the healthier homes, like the decreased led exposure and there is a high need for homes that are energy efficient.”
This fully renovated home, which had previously been vacant, already has a purchaser.
“Our impact on one block really helps the whole neighborhood or our impact in one house helps the whole block,” Hales-Ho said. “So slowly we are revitalizing communities of Lansing.”