FLINT (WJRT) (7/6/2018) - The city of Flint officially is receiving a $30 million federal grant to pay for replacement of the Atherton East public housing complex and other improvements.
Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint, and Michigan's two U.S. Senators announced the city's selection for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant on Friday.
The project will include construction of a new public housing complex to replace Atherton East and relocating residents to neighborhoods around Flint's south side, putting them closing to basic services and jobs prospects.
The grant is part of a master plan for developing parts of Flint's south side that would leverage an additional $270 million worth of investment.
“My hometown of Flint is full of promise and this federal grant is an important part of our community’s recovery," Kildee said in a statement. "Flint families have been through a lot, but our community is tough and Flint is coming back even stronger than before."
Several community organizations are partnering with the Flint Housing Commission to better serve residents on Flint's south side. They include:
-- Mott Community College Workforce Development will provide career case management services to help residents secure employment.
-- Hurley Medical Center will help provide basic health care services, including nutrition counseling and mental health services, for residents.
-- The Flint and Genesee Literacy Network will connect families with educational programming to improve literacy.
Flint was one of 20 applicants for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant program.
The centerpiece of the plan involves building a 300-unit public housing complex, which already received a $1.5 million tax credit from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
The new complex would be constructed on North Saginaw and Williams streets. It is part of the #mychoiceisflint social media campaign under way since last fall.