Gov. Whitmer promotes $100 million housing plan in Flint

She has proposed spending part of Michigan’s COVID-19 relief money on developing affordable housing units
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 8:38 AM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was in Flint to promote her $100 million housing plan on Thursday.

Whitmer appeared at Coolidge Apartments on Van Buren Avenue with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority acting director and several residents to talk about the positive effects her plan would have on developing affordable housing projects.

Whitmer said the $100 million investment in the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund would lead to an additional $380 million worth of private investment to build 2,000 new housing units while creating 1,600 jobs.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Flint to talk about investing $100 million in affordable housing

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The Housing and Community Development Fund was started in 1966, but doesn’t receive funding every year. MSHDA could use the money to target projects providing workforce housing and “missing middle” housing for people transitioning from low-income to middle-income brackets.

Grants from the fund can be used for the following purposes:

  • Acquisition.
  • Rehabilitation.
  • New construction.
  • Development and predevelopment.
  • Preservation of existing housing.
  • Community development projects.
  • Insurance.
  • Down payment assistance.
  • Security deposit assistance.
  • Activities that address homelessness.
  • Assistance to nonprofit and for-profit developers, municipalities, land banks and community development financial institutions.

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