HOLLAND, Mich. — Foster Swift attorney Brett R. Schlender has been elected President of the Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Schlender joined the board in 2014 and previously served as board secretary.
Established in 1990, Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity is an affordable housing ministry that serves families in parts of Ottawa and Allegan counties. It selects homeowners based on need, work history, debt-to-income ratio, and other measures. Lakeshore Habitat partners with families to build their homes and then provides a low- or zero-interest mortgage. The program enables hardworking families who do not qualify for a conventional mortgage to enjoy the stability of homeownership.
Lakeshore Habitat will soon build its 150th home. Habitat’s mission is to break poverty cycles by providing safe, decent, and affordable homes for families in need. Housing stability has positive long-term effects on child development, school performance, and health, in turn shaping the future of the community.
Based in the firm's Holland and Grand Rapids offices, Schlender practices family law, real estate, and litigation throughout West Michigan. He counsels individuals through periods of family transition and advises many area brokers and real estate professionals on licensure issues, transactional matters, and other disputes.