Blight Elimination Program

In 2012, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and other participating state Attorneys General entered into a settlement with the five leading bank mortgage servicers. The National Mortgage Settlement requires servicers to provide monetary sanctions and relief and mandates comprehensive reforms in mortgage loan servicing. Michigan received $97.2 million for the purpose of creating the Homeowner Protection Fund and a portion of these funds were appropriated by the Legislature to Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).  In 2014, $3.7 million of this funding was repurposed to continue to address blight elimination needs across the state.  The Blight Elimination Program has already funded approximately $25M in demolition projects dating back to 2012 and will use the newly repurposed funding to continue efforts to demolish vacant and abandoned structures and promote public safety, stabilize property values, and enhance economic development opportunities.

Apply for Funding in Your Community

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2015. Applications will be evaluated by MSHDA and the Michigan Land Bank. Entities that are approved for funding are expected to be notified by June 30, 2015 regarding the amount of their award and details of the process going forward.

Application for Demolition Funding:
The application below contains the program statement and instructions for completion of a proposal for Blight Elimination Program to be awarded.

Demolition Funding Question’s: Questions about the application may be emailed to huntingtonj@michigan.gov up until 5:00 p.m. on May 22, 2015.