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State awards $1.9M for blight, senior housing

July 28, 2014
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Projects in several counties in the region are getting a share of more than $1.9 million to help fight blight, as well as create senior housing.

The work is planned for Kalamazoo, Berrien, Calhoun counties, as well as Genesee and Ingham counties. The Community Development Division of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 last week.

"Blight has been undermining the urban cores in these counties for too long," MSHDA Executive Director Scott Woosley said. "These resources will help further stabilize neighborhoods by eliminating some of the vacant and abandoned properties that drive down housing values and lead to crime and disinvestment.

"It's a first step toward the restoration process."

Another round of funding could be announced as early as August, Woosley said.

Kalamazoo is getting more than $181,000 for the demolition of 19 homes, and the Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority is getting more than $1.4 million to create 10 units of senior housing at the Prairie Gardens development.

"As our senior population lives longer and stronger, we want to make sure communities have an ample supply of housing to meet their needs," Woosley said.

Battle Creek and the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority are getting nearly $265,000 for the demolition of 24 homes.

The Berrien County Land Bank Authority is getting $119,000 for the demolition of 12 homes.

The Ingham County Land Bank Authority will see more than $155,000 for the demolition of eight homes. The Genesee County Land Bank Authority is getting more than $396,000 for the demolition of 34 single-family homes.

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