A passionate advocate for creating sustainable, inclusive communities, Marc Craig has been involved in the affordable housing sector for more than 25 years.
In 1991, he founded Springhill Housing Corporation, a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) receiving HOME funds and a sponsor of HUD Section 811 grants, Federal Home Loan Bank programs, and others.
He went on to become the founding president of Community Housing Network where he continues to lead. He has been proud to direct the rapid growth of the organization, from three staff members in 2001 to more than 80 staff and 133 volunteers today, a testament to the tremendous need for affordable housing in the region.
Marc leads a team that throughout the years has leveraged more than $82.4 million in resources to create and maintain the stock of affordable housing in metro Detroit, maintaining offices in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. He has provided fiscal, strategic and operational leadership to reduce indebtedness, create growth and improve operating results. In addition, Marc has created internal procedures and controls, organized/allocated staff and implemented best practices and performance monitoring systems in support of continuous improvement.
Among notable accomplishments under his leadership, CHN: was named one of the Detroit Free Press Top 100 Workplaces in Michigan in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012; was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Places to Work in 2014 and 2012; provides supportive housing programs housing more than 854 adults and children with disabilities who had been homeless; fields more than 2,000 calls a month to the Housing Resource Center from people in a housing crisis; served 760 individuals and families with gifts and basic necessities through the Adopt A Family program during the 2014 holidays; provides property and leasing management for more than 3,380 units of affordable housing for people with disabilities; created more than 795 units of affordable housing, including supportive housing units; received $4.4 million in HOME funding and created 83 units of housing; and received $13.3 million in HUD Section 811 funding. In 2013, he received the Leader of Leaders Award from Leadership Oakland.
Marc was also instrumental in the advocating for the passage of Michigan SB 641, which allows nonprofits to pay the Homestead property tax rate on qualifying properties for individuals with disabilities.
He is active in numerous affordable housing, homelessness and disability service and advocacy organizations. He is: the elected board president of the Alliance for Housing, Oakland County’s Continuum of Care; on the Oakland County Human Services Community Collaborative Council; is a member of the Oakland County Community and Home Improvement Division Advisory Council; and serves as chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Affordable Housing Advisory Council. He also serves as a board member, currently in the role of immediate past board chair for the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) and is on the board of trustees for the Opportunity Resource Fund. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Leadership Oakland Leader of Leaders – Professional Leadership Award.
Marc is licensed as a Michigan Real Estate Broker and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University as well as a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He has completed additional management courses, including the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at the Harvard Business School. Marc enjoys spending time with his family. An Eagle Scout himself, he also served four years as a Cubmaster and then four years as a Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout Troop, overseeing 14 young men as they also achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.