In the late 1980's, Lenawee County community leaders realized there were no programs targeting citizens in housing crisis. No one knew how many people were impacted by this lack of service, but the sense was that the numbers were growing with each year. As a result, the Basic Needs Task Force (BNTF), a branch of the Human Services Council, helped to create a Housing Task Force. In 1990, out of this need and in collaboration with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation (LEAHC) was founded and later incorporated on Oct. 8, 1991, just as the former Governor John Engler abolished general assistance (welfare). In Feb. 2013, Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation (LEAHC) created a doing business as name (dba) of Housing Help of Lenawee (H 2 Lenawee). H 2 Lenawee is a Michigan not-for-profit corporation with a purpose to: 1) Provide counseling, referral, supportive services and financial aid leading to access of habitable permanent shelter or to aid in maintaining current living situations, 2) Assist people who need emergency or transitional housing, and 3) Work toward solutions that will result in affordable permanent housing for people in Lenawee County having housing problems. Today, H 2 Lenawee provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, a veterans program and housing assistance in the form of financial aid for permanent housing.
Mission: To advance housing stability and affordable opportunities for low-income people, especially those in crisis or at risk.
Housing Help of Lenawee (Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation) is a non-profit corporation, founded in 1990, with federal IRS 501 (c)(3) status. Donations may be tax deductible. H 2 Lenawee funding comes from caring individuals, churches, schools, civic groups, grants, businesses and foundations. We are also funded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, The Salvation Army and US Department of Housing and Urban Development.