MSHDA awards $3.6M across Michigan for blight elimination

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Nineteen cities across Michigan will receive funding for residential and commercial blight elimination projects using more than $3.6 million in grants from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Executive Director Earl Poleski announced today.

"An investment in blight elimination is an investment in the future of our great state,” Poleski said. “These blight grants will trigger economic growth and improve public safety in towns and neighborhoods from the U.P. to southeastern Michigan.”

County land banks and local units of government were invited to submit eligible projects for a MSHDA-funded blight elimination grant opportunity by late June. The call for applications asked for project proposals that would lead to improved public safety, stabilized or increased property values and/or support efforts that were currently in progress.

All structures targeted for demolition are vacant, publicly-owned and meet specific blight criteria including being deemed a public nuisance, identified as dangerous to public safety or have had critical internal systems disconnected or rendered ineffective.

The maximum award amount was set at $25,000 per residential structure, or $100,000 per commercial structure. Residential proposals had to prove that the building’s last use was as a multi- or single-family residential structure and commercial projects had to be part of development plans with existing funding commitments and required a local match of at least 10 percent.

Thirty-six applications came in from all over the state, totaling nearly $6.2 million in requests for funding. Through a competitive application process the grant awards were issued to (U.P. projects are listed in bold):

Alger County Land Bank Authority: Grant amount: $57,791
Baraga County Land Bank Authority: Grant amount: $26,000
Marquette County Land Bank Authority: Grant amount: $138,000
Schoolcraft County: Grant amount: $106,000
• Calhoun County Land Bank Authority: Grant amount: $100,000
• Cass County Land Bank Authority: Grant amount: $84,000
• Detroit Land Bank Authority: Grant amount: $458,000
• Genesee County Land Bank Authority: Grant amount: $500,000
• Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority: Grant amount: $132,000
• Berrien County: Grant amount: $102,000
• Cheboygan County: Grant amount: $200,000
• City of Bay City: Grant amount: $250,000
• City of Grand Ledge: Grant amount: $95,000
• City of Jackson: Grant amount: $250,000
• City of Monroe: Grant amount: $174,300
• City of Muskegon: Grant amount: $195,000
• City of Port Huron: Grant amount: $250,000
• City of Saginaw: Grant amount: $500,000
• City of Sturgis: Grant amount: $48,800

For project descriptions, click here.

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

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