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Pinconning awarded funds to build more affordable housing

Brandon Griggs

Some Michigan communities have been awarded state funds to help build affordable housing. A Pinconning official said they have the ability to grow—they just don’t have room.

Pinconning was awarded $321,751 in state funds to help build affordable housing. The funds would go towards expanding an apartment complex to create or renovate 48 rental units.

Becky Lakin is the city manager. She said last year the city lost a rental property in a fire. She’s been trying to clear condemned buildings too, but she said the town still needs more space.

“They would like to have their families but they can’t, you know," Lakin said. "When their children are going to college, or off and married, there’s no place to live here if they wanted to stay with their parents or hometown.”

It’s unclear when the new units would be ready for tenants, she said. Pinconning is still looking for funding to build more properties.

"We have the need, and I know if we develop it, they will come," Lakin said.

Ben Jodway is an intern, serving as a reporter for WCMU Public Media and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. He has covered Indigenous communities and political extremism in Michigan.