Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Land Bank and MSHDA announce $15 Million in Blight Elimination Funding

Contact: Dave Akerly, Director of Marketing and Public Relations 517-373-7394

Lansing, Mich. Feb. 20, 2013- DHS Director Maura Corrigan is pleased to announce that 34 municipal, township and county entities statewide will share in $15 million in funding to help eliminate blight in their communities.

The awards range from approx. $3.7 million to the Genesee County Land Bank to $10,000 awarded to the Houghton County Land Bank. All geographic regions of the state have been represented in the final funding decision.

Funding for these awards comes from a March 2012 settlement reached by 49 state attorneys general, including Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, following a lawsuit over mortgage foreclosure practices. Among other things, the settlement resulted in payments to the states. Of Michigan's $97.2 million share, the legislature through state law allocated $25 million to the creation of a Blight Elimination Program to help communities demolish vacant and abandoned properties with the goal of promoting public safety, stabilizing property values and enhancing current and future development opportunities.

The Blight Elimination Program is a partnership between DHS, the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority (MLB) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

Legislation authorizing this initiative allocated $10 million for demolition in the City of Detroit and $15 million for demolition projects elsewhere in Michigan. The funding for Detroit is being used to eliminate blight around select schools involved in the initial phase of the Pathways to Potential program. DHS, the Michigan Land Bank and MSHDA have now chosen the project areas to fund with the remaining $15 million allocated to the outstate portion of this program. More than 90 separate requests for funds were received by the state during the recent application phase.  A web page with the application procedure and FAQ's can be found at www.michigan.gov/pathwaystopotential.

"The volume of requests received clearly shows Michigan communities are serious about getting rid of blight and are willing to aggressively pursue opportunities to eliminate it," said Corrigan, also a member of the MSHDA Board of Directors. "People want to live in safe and vibrant communities. Funding these individual projects across our state will help clear the way-literally-for the reinvention of Michigan." 

Applicants for these awards were asked to provide a detailed description of their proposed project(s), including a post-demolition land use plan. They were also asked to explain in detail the anticipated benefits aimed at public safety, property value stabilization and economic development. Descriptions of local support along with additional public and private investment in the project(s) were also requested.

"The Michigan State Housing Development Authority was proud to partner in the review process with DHS and the MLB," said MSHDA Executive Director Scott Woosley, also a member of the MLB Fast Track Authority Board of Directors. "This effort reflects our agencies collective understanding that moving Michigan forward requires bold action. Removing blight will help revitalize cities and neighborhoods around the state and open those areas to community and economic development activity."

"The demolition of blighted and abandoned properties has a tremendous impact on the lives of the families who live near them," MLB Executive Director Kim Homan said. "The Michigan Land Bank looks forward to working closely with our partners as we continue to revitalize our communities and strengthen local economies."

Listed below are the various municipal, county and township entities that have been awarded a portion of the outstate funding. Please contact the grantees for specific details of their individual blight elimination project(s).


Award Amount

Genesee County Land Bank


Ingham County Land Bank


City of Plainwell                                                                        


City of Bay City                                                                          


Charter Twp. Of Ypsilanti                                                        




Saginaw County Land Bank                                                      


Genesee County Planning Commission                                


Grand Traverse County                                                             


Marquette County Land Bank                                     


LIFT Foundation                                                                          


City of Manistee Housing Commission                                   


Village of Newberry                                                                   


Kalamazoo County Land Bank                                                  


Northern Homes CDC                                                                 




Reed City                                                                                      


Berrien-Cass-Van Buren Michigan Works!                             


City of Mt. Pleasant                                                                    


City of AuGres                                                                              


City of East Tawas                                                                        


City of Vassar                                                                                


NCCS Center for Non-Profit Housing                                        


Northeast Michigan Affordable Housing                                 


City of Coldwater                                                                          


City of Pontiac                                                                               


Houghton County Land Bank                                                      


Village of Ravenna                                                                        


Brevort Township                                                                         


City of Muskegon                                                                          


City of Petoskey                                                                            


City of Onaway                                                                              


Village of Constantine                                                                  


Leelanau County Land Bank                                                        


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