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Build Strong Communities

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Build Strong Communities

Michigan's residents deserve to live in vibrant communities with the kinds of services and amenities associated with a high standard of living. The state can continue to create a strong foundation for communities to grow by making historic investments in broadband, housing, and other critical infrastructure.

Goals and Objectives

Providing Affordable Housing

Safe and affordable housing is critical to ensure the health, safety and well-being of Michigan residents as communities across Michigan are grappling with unique and varied housing needs. While housing challenges existed before the pandemic, COVID-19 has certainly exacerbated them. Knowing that a strong community starts with a family's home, the Governor is creating the state's first housing goal in order to address this challenge that is occurring nationally.

Ensure 100% Broadband Internet Access

The lack of high-speed internet access can cause too many Michiganders to struggle in their ability to engage in online learning, to use telemedicine to seek needed healthcare, to search for a new job or to take advantage of all the online resources. With high-speed internet becoming a necessity in our educational, professional, and personal lives, every home and business in our state needs access to an affordable, reliable high-speed connection that meets their needs and the skills to use it effectively. A fully connected Michigan is essential for our state to reach its economic potential in the 21st-century global economy.

Housing for All

Goal

  • 75,000 new or rehabilitated housing units in five years. (FY22-FY26)

Short-Term Objectives

  • Plan in place and funds committed to establish access to at least 25/3 Mbps service across the state
  • Plan to increase adoption in place, with programming designed and ready to deploy
Why this goal matters

Broadband Internet Access

Goal

  • 100% access to high-speed internet and 95% adoption by households during the next five years - while continually investing in higher quality access.

Short-Term Objectives

  • Plan in place and funds committed to establish access to at least 25/3 Mbps service across the state
  • Plan to increase adoption in place, with programming designed and ready to deploy
Why this goal matters

Successes

To address housing needs, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has financed $607.2 million in housing projects that created or preserved 5,508 units since Fiscal Year 2020.

 

Housing Developments and Programs

1,959 units
Over $30 million used to finance 1,959 units of affordable housing using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) 
1,099 rentals
$107.8 million used to finance 1,099 rental units 
 4,391 homes
Over $499 million used to finance 4,391 single-family homes
$51 million
$51 million granted to 120 different local entities for homelessness prevention  
Andy's Place housing project

Andy's Place, Jackson

Andy's Place in Jackson provides long-term care for individuals struggling with opioid and other substance abuse disorders. 

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Coolidge Park Apartments, Flint

Communities First, a nonprofit organization, transformed Calvin Coolidge Elementary which closed in 2011 into a new mixed-use building. 

 

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Osborn Commons, Sault Ste. Marie

A 65-unit mixed-income apartment building with 63 affordable housing units located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.

Key Initiative: Michigan High-Speed Internet Office

On June 2, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Directive to expand high-speed internet access for people in Michigan, creating the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI). Its vision was simple - to ensure that "every home and business in Michigan will have access to an affordable, reliable high-speed internet connection that meets their needs." 

High-speed internet becoming more of a necessity than ever before in citizens' educational, professional and personal lives played a key factor in the creation of MIHI, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

MiHi Website

Key Recommendations

Key Proposals for Community Infrastructure

Governor Whitmer has three major proposals that will support community infrastructure investments to support business growth and regional planning and projects that will complement the MI New Economy plan, and increase the return on investment of Michigan's American Rescue Plan dollars overall.

Community Revitalization and Placemaking Grants

Governor Whitmer recommends an investment of $100 million to proactively address the impacts being seen in Michigan communities by investing in projects that enable population and tax revenue growth.

Large and Strategic Site Development

The Michigan Large and Strategic Sites Initiative will accelerate Michigan's economic recovery by providing resources for the state and local communities to make crucial investments in sites that will accommodate major expansion opportunities by existing and new employers considering Michigan.

Regional Resiliency Fund

The Regional Resiliency Fund would have two primary purposes.

Key Proposals for Affordable Housing

Governor Whitmer has proposed different programs that will lead to more attainable and affordable housing units, and one proposal that will lead to reduced monthly housing costs through smaller energy bills.

Key Proposals for Affordable Housing

Brownfield Bridge Fund

The Brownfield Bridge Fund awards will provide a benefit equivalent to a performance-based grant to the developer. 

Investing in the Housing and Community Development Fund

This significant $100 million investment will expand access to affordable and attainable housing, help close equity gaps and support the development of vibrant communities. 

Residential Clean Energy Improvements

Making homes in Michigan healthier, cleaner and more energy-efficient will benefit both individuals and the environment.