MSHDA awards $400,000 in neighborhood enhancement grants

Media Contact: Katie Bach
517-335-4786 | bachk@michigan.gov
 
May 19, 2017
 
Lansing, MICH. – Eleven communities around Michigan will benefit from Neighborhood Enhancement Program grants this summer that will create high-impact activities directly tied to enhancing and stabilizing the area.
 
“Earlier this year we asked for innovative ideas that addressed specific needs in local neighborhoods,” said MSHDA Executive Director Earl Poleski. “The projects that have been selected are highly visible, housing-oriented activities that will improve the quality of life for the people living in the communities.”
 
The grants require that the neighborhood enhancement projects align with one or more of three core components: beautification, neighborhood public amenity enhancements and/or infrastructure enhancements. Funded projects should be completed by the fall and make a noticeable difference within the community.
 
“The goal of this funding is to help – and eventually showcase – model Michigan neighborhoods where residents are engaged and facilitating change,” Poleski said.
 
The grant awardees are:
 
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Detroit
Grant amount: $39,960
The funding will be utilized in the Cody Rouge neighborhood to provide front porch improvements and repairs.


Jefferson East, Inc., Detroit
Grant amount: $34,830
The funding will be utilized in the Jefferson Chalmers Neighborhood for homeowner roof rehabilitation, decorative board-ups on the historic opera house, public amenity improvements and signage and solar lighting.

Vanguard Community Development Corporation, Detroit
Grant amount: $50,000
The funding will be utilized in Detroit’s historic and rapidly growing North End. In order to retain existing residents, this grant will provide assistance with minor exterior repairs to remedy current safety code violations with a focus on accessibility improvements to enable aging in place.
 

Venture, Inc., Pontiac
Grant amount: $33,710
The funding will be utilized in the Unity Park area to facilitate the construction of a 20 x 20 park shelter on a concrete pad, the purchase and installation of a bi-pod swing set and basketball court renovations at the Shirley Willard Park.
 

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, Ypsilanti Township
Grant amount: $50,000
The funding will be utilized in the West Willow neighborhood to purchase and install Community Resource Center signage, facilitate improvements to the community center including windows and interior paint, and to complete up to eight exterior home rehabilitation projects including roof replacements within the neighborhood.
 
Northern Homes Community Development Corporation, Petoskey
Grant amount: $25,000
The funding will be utilized to purchase and install new playground equipment that provides additional safer play activities.
 
Community enCompass, Muskegon
Grant amount: $50,000
The funding will be utilized in the Nelson Neighborhood area to provide funding to paint and repair six homes via the Midtown Square Home Repair/Paint Blitz Project and create public art in blighted spaces. 

Southwest Michigan Community Development Corporation /Neighborhoods Inc. of Battle Creek, Battle Creek
Grant amount: $35,000
The funding will be utilized in Battle Creek’s North Central neighborhood to enhance porch and curb appeal to homes located in the Old Advent Town Local Historic District.

Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency/Human Resources Authority, Inc., Escanaba
Grant amount: $30,000
The funding will be utilized in to provide single-family owner-occupied homeowners in Escanaba with porch improvements, exterior paint, windows, doors, minor repairs and accessibility ramps via SHARE/CARE.

Community Action Agency, Jackson
Grant amount: $30,000
The funding will be utilized in the Partnership Park Neighborhood adjacent to the southern border of the downtown business district to make improvements to Partnership Park, create a community orchard and enhance the local community garden.
 

Northside Association for Community Development, Kalamazoo
Grant amount: $21,500
The funding will be utilized in Kalamazoo’s Northside Neighborhood to assist with the development of the Northside Literacy Pocket Park community space.


The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*
 
*MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit
www.michigan.gov/mshda