MSHDA Awards Community Development Grant to Kalamazoo County

Contact: Katie Bach
Communications
bachk@michigan.gov

August 15, 2013 

LANSING, Mich. –Scott Woosley, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), today announced that Kalamazoo County will receive a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Kalamazoo County will use the grant to rehabilitate six owner-occupied homes and provide nine homes with emergency repairs. Fifty percent of the funds will be utilized countywide, and 50 percent will be strategically targeted. The project also includes administrative costs. 

MSHDA administers the federally-funded CDBG program through its Office of Community Development. CDBG funds are used by smaller communities and counties to upgrade homes owned by lower income residents and carry out other housing activities. Money also is used to fund neighborhood preservation programs, down-payment assistance programs as well as rental development and rehabilitation activities. 

“Grants like this help MSHDA play a critical role in our state’s future by giving communities the tools they need to preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents,” Woosley said. ”When we support activities that revitalize communities, we raised the standard of living for all who live there.” 

For additional details about this grant’s impact, contact Gregory Ferris, 269.373.5288 or

David Artley, 269.373.5058 with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department.