Northern Michigan Navy Vet and Family Get Keys to New Habitat for Humanity House

There’s no place like home.

But the Monteith family of Grand Traverse County didn’t have a place to call home, until now.

For the past two years, ex-Navy combat medic Kyle Monteith and his family have struggled to find affordable housing. They’ve been forced to bounce between friends and family’s homes for a place to stay.

Finally, they have a place to call their own. Monday night, Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse handed over the keys to a new home, and a new future for the Monteith’s.

“We’re extremely happy and ready for this moment,” said Holly Monteith. “To me, it’s just a place for my kids to call home because they haven’t had that in two years.”

At one point, the whole family was living in the ground level of a relative’s home. The basement was unfinished, cold, had no rooms, and the entire house had just one bathroom. The situation was far from ideal.

“When we were living in the basement my kids didn’t even have walls for a bedroom. They were using curtains for doors,” said Holly. “There were bugs and all this sort of stuff but we didn’t have anywhere else to go.”

Now, the Monteith’s new home in Maple City features three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus their own kichen, living room and laundry room. The home has a yard and patio and provides space for the whole family to grow.

The Monteith’s new house is one story of hope out of the hundreds from Michigan’s Habitat for Humanity effort to help veterans.

Michigan was the first Habitat for Humanity state to help 100 veterans.

For Holly and Kyle, the house is more than a home, it’s the start of brighter tomorrow.

“To be able to get my kids established and see them thrive, that’s my dream for the future,” said Holly.