Genesee County Habitat for Humanity recognized as an “Affiliate of Distinction” for its innovation, leadership and impact.

Habitat for Humanity International awarded 14 affiliates out of its more than 1,400 in the U.S.

Flint Michigan (January 30, 2015) — Genesee County Habitat for Humanity has been named one of 14 “Affiliates of Distinction” by Habitat for Humanity International for its achievements and innovation in serving Genesee County Michigan. This is the first year Genesee County Habitat for Humanity has been selected into this award program.  

Margaret Kato, Executive Director of Genesee County Habitat for Humanity shared, “It is an honor to be part of this elite group of Habitat for Humanity affiliates that represent the top 1% of affiliates in the United States. It is a tribute to the dedicated work of our staff, our board of directors and the hundreds of volunteers that have contributed to our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We are grateful to our supporters, funders, community partners and especially our Habitat for Humanity homeowners who make this work so fulfilling.”

Launched in 2013, Affiliates of Distinction was established by Habitat for Humanity International to honor U.S. affiliates that meet or exceed best-practice standards. Recipients maintain their recognition for two years, after which they reapply for the following award period.

The 2015-2017 awardees include: 
Austin Habitat for Humanity (Texas)
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity (Michigan)
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity (Iowa)
Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley (Michigan)
Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte (North Carolina)
Habitat for Humanity of East Bay/Silicon Valley (California)
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (California)
Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco (California)
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County (Indiana)
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County (Washington)
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity (Wisconsin)
Our Town of North Mecklenburg-Iredell County (North Carolina)
Portland/East Metro Habitat for Humanity (Oregon)
Sacramento Habitat for Humanity (California)

The 14 Habitat affiliates will be recognized during a special ceremony at Habitat’s biennial U.S. Affiliate Conference on March 26, 2015 in Atlanta Georgia.

Habitat affiliates considered for the honor were reviewed by seven criteria: sustainable and green building; overall organizational leadership; community development; financial sustainability; alignment with Habitat for Humanity’s strategic plan; effective use of technology to better communication with the public; and support for Habitat’s global mission. 

About Genesee County Habitat for Humanity
Genesee County Habitat was established in 1990 and has built or rehabilitated more than 100 homes providing zero interest mortgages for home-owner partners earning 30-60% of the area median income. The affiliate has a staff of 12 consisting of three full-time ReStore staff members, two construction staff members, a part-time office manager, six program or administrative employees and a 13-member board of directors. The organization is also supported by two full-time AmeriCorps members. Genesee County Habitat for Humanity’s headquarters are adjacent to downtown Flint and University of Michigan Flint and is also the location of the affiliate’s ReStore. The ReStore accepts donations of used and new building materials it sells to the public thus keeping these items from landfills while providing home renovationists economical options. Margaret Kato came to Genesee County Habitat in May 2005 to serve as its executive director and under her leadership, the organization has become known for its fiscally sound projects and propensity toward relationship building and innovation. During her tenure, 70 of the organization’s home projects and an additional 30 home-owner occupied repair projects have been completed.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit