A passionate advocate for creating sustainable, inclusive communities, Marc Craig has been involved in the affordable housing sector for more than 25 years.
The founding president of Community Housing Network, Marc continues to lead a dedicated team. He has been proud to direct the rapid growth of the organization, from three staff members in 2001 to more than 80 staff today, a testament to the tremendous need for housing resources in the region.
Throughout the years, Marc and his team have leveraged more than $122.3 million in resources to create and maintain the stock of affordable housing in metro Detroit, maintaining offices in Oakland 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. In 2018, Community Housing Network received a 3-year accreditation from CARF. CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.
Notable accomplishments under Marc’s leadership:
- Named one of the Detroit Free Press Top 100 Workplaces in Michigan in every year since 2012
- Named one of Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Places to Work in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014 and 2012
- Providing supportive housing programs, housing more than 536 adults and children with disabilities who had been homeless
- Fielding more than 2,000 calls a month to the Housing Resource Center from people in a housing crisis
- Serving 292 individuals and families with gifts and basic necessities through the Adopt A Family program during the 2017 holidays
- Managing 813 leases for 671 properties and houses, approximately 2,172 people in residences for people with disabilities in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and St. Clair counties
- Creating 744 units of affordable housing, including supportive housing units
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.
Past and present community engagement:
- Past Chair and current Vice Chair of the Alliance for Housing
- Vice Chair and Loan Committee Chair for Opportunity Resource Fund
- Member of the Oakland County Community and Home Improvement Division Advisory Council
- Past Chair of Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Advisory Council
- Past President of Community Economic Development Association of Michigan Board of Directors
- Leadership Oakland Class XV
- 2013 “Leader of Leaders” award recipient
- Past Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 1034
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.