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State grants provide $1.8 million in aid to Michigan homeowners

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority awarded more than $1.8 million in grants Thursday, primarily for housing repairs and upgrades.


The Neighborhood Enhancement Program grants were awarded to 43 local governments and nonprofit groups across Michigan, including the city of Mt. Pleasant in Isabella County, the city of Vassar in Tuscola County and Alpena County.

Thea Lucas, the director of the Alpena County Home Improvement program, said the county plans to use their funds of $37,125 to help two homeowners on Alpena’s north side.

“I knew of two homeowners who were in need of exterior remodeling,” Lucas said. “Selecting these two homeowners, this amount of money that we were awarded will be split between the two, and then these repairs would be taken care of.”

According to Lucas, the grantees will eventually be responsible for paying back some of the grant.

“After five years, and with no payments, then the amount that is owed is split in half. Half is forgiven, and then the homeowner would make payments based on that new figure.”

According to a written press release from the MSHDA, the projects should be complete by the end of the year.


Full List of Grant Recipients

Allen Neighborhood Center (Ingham), $50,000

Alpena County (Alpena), $37,125

Bethany/Community EnCompass (Muskegon), $37,135

Bridging Communities (Wayne), $50,000

Capital Area Housing Partnership (Ingham), $75,000

City of Beaverton (Gladwin), $39,600

City of Coldwater (Branch), $40,000

City of Dowagiac (Cass), $75,000

City of Eaton Rapids (Eaton), $40,000

City of Grand Haven (Ottawa), $29,000

City of Hancock (Houghton), $16,500

City of Highland Park (Wayne), $75,000

City of Ironwood (Gogebic), $30,000

City of Lapeer (Lapeer), $54,998

City of Madison Heights (Oakland), $25,000

City of Montrose (Genesee), $30,000

City of Mt. Pleasant (Isabella), $30,000

City of Owosso (Shiawassee), $41,250

City of Vassar (Tuscola), $30,000

Crawford County (Crawford), $75,000

Gogebic-Ontonagon CAA (Gogebic), $30,000

HOPE Village Revitalization (Wayne), $50,000

Heritage Works (Wayne), $41,250

Jefferson East, Inc. (Wayne), $50,000

Joy Southfield CDC (Wayne), $16,500

KNHS (Kalamazoo), $74,989

LifeBUILDERS (Wayne), $50,000

Midtown Detroit, Inc. (Wayne), $50,000

NCCS Center for Nonprofit Housing (Newaygo), $25,000

New Development Corporation (Kent), $50,000

Ogemaw County (Ogemaw), $75,000

Rebuilding Together SE Michigan (Wayne), $30,000

Sinai-Grace Guild CDC (Wayne), $25,000

Southwest Housing Solutions (Wayne), $25,000

Southwestern Michigan Urban League (Calhoun), $50,000

Venture Inc. (Oakland), $45,500

Village of Cassopolis (Cass), $45,000

Village of Colon (St. Joseph County), $20,000

Village of Mancelona (Antrim), $30,000

Village of Paw Paw (Van Buren), $75,000

Wayne County Land Bank / Highland Park (Wayne), $40,000