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MSHDA and Lansing Housing Commission receive funding to reduce youth homelessness

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MSHDA and Lansing Housing Commission receive funding to reduce youth homelessness

HUD has issued the grants as part of its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

LANSING, Mich. – Today, The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) received $4.5 million in Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Lansing Housing Commission also received $1.9 million in YHDP funding to address local youth homelessness issues. The awards were presented by HUD Michigan Field Office Director Michael Polsinelli at Lansing City Hall.

YHDP is a HUD initiative designed to reduce the number of youths experiencing homelessness. The goal of the YHDP is to support selected communities, including rural, suburban and urban areas across the United States, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.

“Today’s investment to connect young Michiganders with housing will give them a stable foundation to learn, earn, and be safe,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am grateful to HUD, MSHDA, and the Lansing Housing Commission for their collaboration to bring critical funding to Lansing and help us continue making strides to end youth homelessness. Let’s keep working together to build housing, lower costs, and ensure more Michiganders have a safe place to call home.”

“This bold investment from HUD in Michigan and the Lansing community will provide essential funding for programs that will support communities with critical needs across the state and allow MSHDA to continue making strides toward eradicating Michigan’s youth homelessness issue entirely,” said MSHDA Executive Director Amy Hovey.

MSHDA aims to reduce homelessness by 25% in these communities within the first year of the grant. The grant will fund small-scale housing projects for homeless youths aged 18-24 across The Balance of State Continuum of Care, comprised of 61 mostly rural counties throughout Michigan. This will include several different housing solutions, such as master-leasing several apartments within a larger complex or utilizing second-floor rentals, found in many small downtown areas.

“This critical federal funding is a testament to the power of community partnerships,” said Doug Fleming, executive director, Lansing Housing Commission. “The process for securing these funds to address youth homelessness began months ago with the vision of creating and enhancing programs that offer a safe place for area young people. We look forward to working with Child and Family Charities on this initiative that will not only provide housing but hope for local homeless children and teens.”

“Housing insecurity and homelessness comes in many shapes and sizes and can tremendously affect families and young people. These dollars will be a critical step forward as we work together to tackle these issues in our community. Thank you to the Biden administration and HUD for providing this funding and recognizing the importance of tackling youth homelessness in Lansing and across the state of Michigan,” said City of Lansing Mayor Andy Schor.


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.