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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Tara Franey
Debra Lashbrook
Kaniqua Daniel
Habitat for Humanity Detroit
Habitat for Humanity Michigan
Detroit Public Schools
313-521-6691 (ext. 129)
800-467-5430, ext. 15
313-421-9203
tfraney@habitatdetroit.org
dlashbrook@habitatmichigan.org
kaniqua.daniel@detroitk12.org
Habitat for Humanity Detroit launches $25 million
Leaders to ReBuild Detroit city revitalization initiative
GM Chairman and CEO Daniel Akerson donates $1 million personal gift
DETROIT (Feb. 22, 2012) Habitat for Humanity Detroit today launched Leaders to ReBuild
Detroit,” a three-year $25 million initiative to engage Detroit’s corporate leaders in revitalizing
the city. Roy Roberts, emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools, and Karla Henderson,
group executive of Planning and Facilities for the City of Detroit, helped announce the initiative
and the $1 million personal cornerstone gift from General Motors Chairman and CEO Daniel
Akerson at Detroit Public Schools’ J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy on the city’s east side.
“Leaders to ReBuild Detroit” will focus on the Morningside Commons neighborhood, serving at
least 500 families by 2014 through house construction, rehabilitation, critical repairs, and
energy-efficiency upgrades and weatherization projects. Additionally, these families will
participate in financial literacy training, homeownership workshops and community security
initiatives provided by partnering organizations. The initiative is part of Habitat’s statewide $225
million ReBuild Michigan campaign to address affordable housing needs in more than 70
Michigan counties.
“Habitat’s mission is to create affordable housing, but the broader strategy behind ‘Leaders to
ReBuild Detroit’ is to integrate affordable housing work with community development and
improvement, providing a holistic approach to problems caused by financial insecurity,
foreclosures and unemployment,” said Vincent Tilford, executive director of Habitat for Humanity
Detroit. “This initiative will nearly triple the impact Habitat Detroit has had in the city to-date and
leverage resources to rebuild Detroit communities.
The Akersons’ cornerstone donation is intended to inspire other corporate leaders to contribute
to Detroit’s revitalization. The gift will fund house rehabilitation, construction and repairs in
partnership with 20 families and weatherization projects in partnership with 12 families.
“A strong America is built on strong communities, and building them starts with one hammer,
one nail and one person who cares from there, it’s contagious,” said GM Chairman and CEO
Dan Akerson. “My wife, Karin, and I want to see this effort to rebuild Detroit catch on, spread
out and draw scores more volunteers and millions more in contributions.”
“Leaders to ReBuild Detroit” is a collaboration among Habitat for Humanity Detroit, Habitat for
Humanity Michigan and partnering organizations including the City of Detroit, Detroit Public
Schools, Michigan State Housing Development Agency, Wayne County, the Detroit Land Bank
Authority and Detroit Local Initiative Support Corporation.

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“Having several schools in the Morningside Commons and immediately adjacent
neighborhoods, Detroit Public Schools has a strong commitment to stabilizing and revitalizing
this community,” said Roy Roberts, DPS emergency manager. “We recently announced a
comprehensive transformation aimed at improving academics and creating a more efficient
system of high-performing schools. Included in that transformation plan is opening a new $46.5
million school within this very community this fall.”
To participate or donate to “Leaders to ReBuild Detroit,” interested parties or individuals are
encouraged to visit www.habitatdetroit.org or call 313-521-6691. Donations by text are also
being accepted: text DETROIT to 25383 to make a $10 donation to Habitat’s rebuilding efforts in
Michigan.
“It will take a community-wide effort to ensure the success of ‘Leaders to ReBuild Detroit,’”
Tilford said. “It can be another major step in the collective effort to rebuild this great city one
neighborhood at a time.”
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About Habitat for Humanity Detroit
Habitat for Humanity Detroit is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit
ecumenical Christian housing ministry providing decent, safe and affordable housing to low-
income families in Detroit. Since 1986, the Detroit affiliate has rehabilitated and/or built new
houses in partnership with more than 300 families. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations and
volunteer labor allow Habitat for Humanity to continue building affordable homes with those in
need of improved housing. For more information please visit www.habitatdetroit.org or call (313)
521-6691.
About Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is creating Centers of Excellence in every school within every
neighborhood. The district’s primary mission is educating students to perform at the highest
academic level. DPS offers educational advantages to students throughout the district’s 130-
plus schools, including Netbooks for every student in grades 6-12, expanded time for reading
and mathematics under a common core curriculum, pre-algebra for 7th graders, nine different
languages and robust ESL (English as a Second Language) programs, Advanced Placement
courses at every high school, and Fine Arts programs with instrumental music, vocal music and
dance. DPS also has 14 new charter schools led by educators with proven track records of
raising achievement, 17 new state-of-the-art school buildings or major renovations, along with
millions of dollars in school building improvements district-wide, business partners for every
school to help raise student achievement, parent engagement initiatives, and safety and
security enhancements. To learn more about our programs, visit www.detroitk12.org.
About Habitat for Humanity Michigan
Habitat for Humanity Michigan (HFHM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides
training, support and capacity building to the 76 Habitat for Humanity affiliates located
throughout Michigan. Since 1993, Habitat for Humanity Michigan has helped make affordable
housing a reality for families in nearly every county throughout Michigan. Habitat for Humanity
Michigan brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. For more information,
please visit www.habitatmichigan.org or call 800-467-5430.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks
to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races,
religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and
just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tara Franey Habitat for Humanity Detroit 313-521-6691 (ext. 129) tfraney@habitatdetroit.org Debra Lashbrook Habitat for Humanity Michigan 800-467-5430, ext. 15 dlashbrook@habitatmichigan.org Kaniqua Daniel Detroit Public Schools 313-421-9203 kaniqua.daniel@detroitk12.org Habitat for Humanity Detroit launches $25 million “Leaders to ReBuild Detroit” city revitalization initiative GM Chairman and CEO Daniel Akerson donates $1 million personal gift DETROIT (Feb. 22, 2012) — Habitat for Humanity Detroit today launched “Leaders to ReBuild Detroit,” a three-year $25 million initiative to engage Detroit’s corporate leaders in revitalizing the city. Roy Roberts, emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools, and Karla Henderson, group executive of Planning and Facilities for the City of Detroit, helped announce the initiative and the $1 million person ...
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