BESSEMER, Mich. (WLUC) - The Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency (GOCAA) received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) on Monday.
Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. (WLUC photo)
The grant is part of the “Neighborhood Enhancement Program” and is awarded to select agencies throughout the state through a rigorous application process.
"The grant was started in 2016 and this year we're proud to announce we've been able to fund up to 35 grants with our $2 million and we're very excited about this,” said MSHDA Neighborhood Enhancement Team Manager, Tonya Young.
GOCAA will be using the grant to fix homes in the Yale neighborhood of Bessemer.
"There's a lot of homes that do need some assistance and there's a lot of need, so that's why we applied for this area,” said GOCAA Community Development Coordinator, Luan Jacobson.
There are three homes in the neighborhood that have been chosen from a pool of applicants to receive the assistance.
Jacobson said she hopes that all three homes will receive the repairs they need.
"What we put into this one house, what monies we have left over, we start working on the next house. Our goal is, we would love to do three homes but it all depends on case-by-case and what they do find when you start rehabilitating a home,” said Jacobson.
Jacobson said that since the neighborhood has many senior citizens and low-income families, the grant will help people in the area that need it the most.
She added that it will also help enhance the beauty of the area.
"What we want to do is try making improvements to homes and stuff here and hopefully other people in the neighborhood will say 'wow, look at how that looks, maybe we can start with our house,' and hopefully it'll spread and people will want to take more interest in their neighborhood,” said Jacobson.