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Blight Elimination Program

Crane tearing down house, Blight Elimination ProgramDHS and other agencies are working together to eliminate blight near select Pathways to Potential schools in the city of Detroit. Part of that elimination plan involves the demolition of dangerous structures, with the goals of providing a safer route to and from school for children, and for overall neighborhood stabilization. The program includes funding for blight elimination in other Michigan areas. 

Blight Elimination 4th Quarterly Demolition Report
Blight Elimination 3rd Quarterly Demolition Report 
Blight Elimination 2nd Quarterly Demolition Report

Section 603 of the 2012 Public Act 296 requires Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Department of Human Services to report to the legislature quarterly on demolition projects. The attached report describes the project areas for the Detroit demolition funding and the application process that will be used to select the outstate project areas. It also includes a complete accounting of all demolition expenditures.   

Apply for Funding in Your Community

The application period for outstate blight elimination funding closed at 11:59 P.M. on December 12, 2012. The State of Michigan has now started a review process of the applications received. Entities that are approved for funding will be notified after February 15, 2012 regarding the amount of their award and details of the process going forward.

Application for Demolition Funding
The application used for outstate blight elimination is included here and contains a program statement and instructions for completion by local governments and other entities.

Demolition Funding FAQ's 
These key questions were submitted to the State of Michigan during the recent application process and updated on a regular basis. The answers provided a guide for local entities during the recent application process for outstate demolition funding.

Get Answers in Person
In addition to the online FAQ's, question and answer sessions on the Blight Elimination Program and application process took place at various Housing and Community Development Fund public hearings hosted by MSHDA. Those hearings were held during October and November, 2012 in Grand Rapids, Detroit/Lansing, and Traverse City. A live webinar was held for the Upper Peninsula in Marquette.

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