Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Appoints CSH Director to Housing Advisory Board

This is a headshot of Catherine Distelrath who is director of CSH Michigan.

Catherine Distelrath, Director, CSH Michigan

We are pleased to announce that Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Catherine Distelrath, director of the Michigan team at CSH, to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Statewide Housing Partnership.

Last week, Governor Whitmer announced advisory board appointments to the Statewide Housing Partnership that was established to strategize around implementing the Michigan Statewide Housing Plan released in 2022 and make recommendations to MSHDA on how best to achieve its goals.

The Plan presented opportunities for organizations to partner on common objectives, including rehabilitating and stabilizing the housing supply, reducing equity gaps and homelessness, and increasing home energy efficiency and weatherization.

“CSH is honored to participate in the Statewide Housing Partnership to represent organizations that advocate in support of access to resources and services for Michiganders who are experiencing complex barriers to housing and services,” said Distelrath.

Governor Whitmer formed The Statewide Housing Partnership as an advisory body within the MSHDA last year through executive order 2022-10. Members include leaders from state, local, and tribal governments, advocates from nonprofit and community organizations, and representatives from the business advocacy world and finance industry.

“I am delighted that Catherine is representing organizations and state systems that exist to improve the quality of life for all Michiganders, especially those who experience the trauma of homelessness and institutionalization,” said Deborah De Santis, CSH President and CEO. “With her experience in the state’s largest Continuum of Care agency and work to improve large-scale systems, Catherine is well equipped to represent and offer recommendations for streamlining the agencies and organizations in place to provide the necessary services to help people remain housed and thrive in their communities.”

CSH is proud to represent Michigan’s network of housing and service providers within the new Statewide Housing Partnership as it will lead a coordinated, data-driven, outcome-oriented approach to housing, ensuring that all Michiganders have a safe, affordable place to call home.

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