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MSHDA awards Neighborhood Enhancement Program grant to Grand Rapids nonprofit for energy-efficient home repairs

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) visited Grand Rapids today to award a $50,000 grant to New Development Corporation, a local nonprofit that will deploy the funds to help more neighbors in their community make energy efficient home repairs.

The event was spurred by MSHDA moving forward with key housing initiatives after Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the Building Michigan Together Plan into law last month. The plan, which includes some of the largest infrastructure investments in Michigan history, sent $654 million to MSHDA to support existing rental and homeowner programs. It also paves the way for more housing and associated programs in underserved urban and rural areas right here in Kent County.

Homeowners Jill and John Rothwell expressed their gratitude for one of the programs that will be expanded by MSHDA with the additional funding. They recently benefited from the agency’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program after receiving help from New Development Corporation to update their home with new, energy-efficient windows and doors.

"We have owned this house for nine years and have been doing work as we could afford it. This grant allowed us to make the front of the house sparkle and be energy efficient,” Jill Rothwell said.

As part of the Building Michigan Together Plan, MSHDA received $50 million, which will allow the agency to expand its Neighborhood Enhancement Program with a new initiative that offers expanded energy efficiency and housing improvement offerings for a greater number of Michigan residents.

“Staff are moving quickly to develop programs and initiatives that use these funds and incentivize energy efficiency, clean energy and utility assistance,” said Gary Heidel, MSHDA acting executive director. “We thank the Governor and legislature for their bipartisan support for the funding, which will enhance health and safety for residential homeowners and multifamily property residents. These investments are key to helping us fulfill our mission and put the fundamental housing needs of Michiganders first.”

New Development Corporation is scheduled to complete interior and exterior enhancements of nine homeowner occupied single-family units by December 31, 2022, with the grant funds. New Development Corporation Executive Director Helen Lehman said the grant and the energy efficiency incentives to come are not just a want, but a need in Grand Rapids.

“These grants help improve the overall housing affordability for the residents we serve,” she said. “Many of our families are on fixed incomes, and without this assistance, they would have to put off much-needed repairs.”

About MSHDA  

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), established in 1966, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues.