Housing authority awards millions toward improving Michigan neighborhoods

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The Michigan State Housing Development Authority recently awarded $2.1 million in Neighborhood Enhancement Program grants to 56 local governments and nonprofit groups across Michigan.

The grant dollars include $50,000 for the New Development Corporation in Grand Rapids. A portion of the funding will support home enhancements within a selected neighborhood. Exterior-only and exterior-predominant repairs will be prioritized. The remaining funds will be used to renovate a highly visible, blighted walkway into an inviting and functional public space.

The NEP is designed to launch improvement projects directly tied to enhancing and stabilizing communities.

Projects can focus on neighborhood public amenity enhancements, improve residents’ quality of life or help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These grants will allow local groups across the state to help their communities with specific needs that improve the quality of life for residents. MSHDA supports innovative, highly visible and meaningful housing-focused ideas to improve and stabilize neighborhoods,” said Gary Heidel, acting executive director of MSHDA.

During its fifth round of funding, MSHDA allocated $1 million to rural communities, designated as having 5,000 or fewer residents. To become a grantee, organizations had to show a level of need and demonstrate that the proposed project will make a noticeable difference within the community. Due to COVID-19, the project completion deadline for funded projects has been extended to September 2021.

Other West Michigan grant recipients include:

  • Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services: $40,000 to replace the roofs on five homes in the Edison neighborhood.
  • NCCS White Cloud: $30,000 to conduct rehabilitation and enhancements to four homes within the city of White Cloud.
  • Neighborhoods Inc. of Battle Creek Inc.: $50,000 for housing enhancements in Battle Creek’s Washington Heights neighborhood and lighting installation in Claude Evans Park.
  • Southwestern Urban League: $50,000 for exterior housing enhancements and landscaping in Battle Creek.
  • 3Sixty, city of Holland: $22,000 for public amenities and housing enhancements.

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