Freep.com-Gov. Jennifer Granholm is building a house in Detroit.
Not just a house, but a home — for a family moving back to Detroit from out of state.
On Monday, the governor, first gentleman Dan Mulhern and members of the Mulhern/Granholm families are to begin work on a Habitat for Humanity house that they will build from the ground up.
The governor’s project, which Granholm bills as a “working family reunion,” launches a program called MI Family Builds Michigan — details at http://www.michigan.gov/mifamily) and is being run by Habitat for Humanity.
The first family’s construction site is being cosponsored by Henry Ford Health System.
“We want to suggest this as a way of having other families come back and take ownership of this great city and help to rebuild it,” Granholm said in an exclusive interview, joined by her husband and his mother, Mary Mulhern, who also will participate in the effort.
“Beyond our family, we’ve got over 40 family members and volunteers and people who are coming to Michigan, coming back home from across the Michigan diaspora and from Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” she said.