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MSHDA earns recognition as silver-level Veteran-friendly employer

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MSHDA earns recognition as silver-level Veteran-friendly employer

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is proud to announce it has achieved Silver-Level Veteran-Friendly Employer Certification from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA).

MSHDA has 14 staff members who are veterans out of 339 employees, according to Human Resources Director Karmen Robinson, including many at the highest levels of leadership.

“As a veteran myself, I’m pleased to see MSHDA receive this recognition,” Acting Executive Director Gary Heidel said. “Our detail-oriented and mission driven veterans bring unique skills and talents to the Authority and the people we serve. This designation shows a true commitment to recruiting and retaining high-quality veteran candidates who want to pursue a career where they can help make Michigan a place where all people have quality affordable housing as a foundation to reach their full potential.”

Since being created in 2013, the Veteran-Friendly Employer Program has recognized more than 500 Michigan employers with either Bronze-, Silver- or Gold-level status for their efforts in supporting the recruitment, training and retention of veteran workforce talent. As part of the program, MVAA aids employers as they develop and improve their efforts to recruit and retain high-quality veteran candidates.

“The MVAA applauds MSHDA for its commitment to hiring and retaining veterans,” said Zaneta Adams, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). “More and more Michigan employers – both public and private – are recognizing the value that our former service members bring to the table, and the MVAA is dedicated to actively helping these businesses and organizations grow their veteran workforces.”

To be selected as a Silver-Level Veteran-Friendly Employer, MSHDA is required to follow guidelines outlined by the MVAA, which include committing to hiring veterans, signing a statement of support and continuing to learn best practices for hiring veterans.

To learn more about becoming a Veteran-Friendly Employer, including obtaining an application, visit the MVAA website.


The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), established in 1966, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues.