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Whitmer urges legislature to use federal funds for affordable housing

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is making stops this week to build support for using federal COVID-19 relief funds for affordable housing.

Whitmer’s stops include Detroit, Jackson, and Kalamazoo. She’s hoping to win legislative approval to commit $100 million of money from the American Rescue Plan to housing in Michigan. She says those funds could leverage another $380 million in private-sector investment.

“Right now, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to give thousands of Michiganders a safe place to call home.”

Whitmer and the legislature’s Republican leadership are still negotiating over the budget. GOP leaders want assurances the commitments won’t extend beyond what the American Rescue Plan will pay for.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.