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January 2014

The Detroit News - Detroit, MI

Detroit— The City Council confirmed Friday appointments to two authorities created to aid the city in fighting blight and getting streetlights turned on.

The council approved its appointment of former Detroit Land Bank Authority chair Marsha Bruhn to the authority’s board. She joins Mayor Mike Duggan’s nominees Erica Ward Gerson, Patricia Pernell-Shelton and Richard Hosey.

The authority members will serve until June 30, 2017. A fifth member of the Land Bank is Larry Lipa, who was appointed by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140110/METRO01/301100101#ixzz2qgI1XeuN

MiBiz - Grand Rapids, MI

Demand for new homes sites in West Michigan is up and that has area homebuilders scrambling to provide new housing stock.

While pent-up demand has some firms bracing for higher sales, homebuilders also face labor challenges, competition for available land and a generational preference for renting instead of buying.

Michigan Radio - Michigan, MI

Michigan is starting 2014 with its housing market in better shape than it’s been in in years.

The number of new home foreclosures is actually smaller than it was in 2006, before the recession began. Home prices are also improving.

MyDesert.com - Detroit, MI

■ Michigan's population grows for 2nd straight year, stays in 9th place (database) : Michigan saw population declines over a seven-year period between 2005 and 2011 before finally seeing a net gain in 2012. The new U.S. Census Bureau data released today show the state’s population rose 0.1% — 13,103 residents — between July 1, 2012 and 2013. - By Kristi Tanner , Detroit Free Press Staff Writ

M Live - Grand Rapids, MI

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids-Wyoming housing market is poised to be the 11th best place in the U.S. to buy a house in 2014, according to a Forbes.com article on “Best Buy Cities.”

The survey concluded the average Grand Rapids home sale price of $138,596 is 25 percent below the “equilibrium price” of $184,794. The article forecast a 3-year growth forecast of 27 percent.

December 2013

Three River Commercial News - Three Rivers, MI

Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority director Christy Trammell is “really, really, really excited” about having submitted Three Rivers’ application for the Select Level of the Michigan Main Street program Thursday afternoon, one day before the deadline.

The Michigan Daily - Downtown, MI

While State Street has seen an influx of new businesses over the past few years, the changes to Ann Arbor’s Main Street have been more subtle. The street, known for its unique shopping and more upscale restaurants, is becoming increasingly food-centric.

The Mining Journal - Ishpeming, MI

ISHPEMING - The Ishpeming City Council will consider approving an amendment to a city ordinance regarding city property taxes collected from G.A. Haan Development on the former C.L. Phelps School building at a 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday at the Ishpeming Senior Center.

Veterans - Mount Clemens, MI

A development team looking to redevelop the former Macomb Daily building in downtown Mount Clemens into a veterans housing and training center has upped its offer in an effort to convince city leaders to approve the project.

Record & Clarion - Gladwin, MI

GLADWIN – Steve and Karla Scott, owners of the Zettel Building, would like to invite you to tour their newly created apartments.

Developed through MSHDA’s Rental Rehab Program by the City of Gladwin in coordination with the Gladwin City Housing Commission, the apartments are located above Cristy’s Salon.

Enter through the door in the front of the building next to the salon and go up the stairs.

Stop in before the Festival of Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3-5 p.m. at 132 W. Cedar Ave., Gladwin.

The building was purchased in October of 2012 with the idea to repurpose a downtown landmark that was sitting vacant.

November 2013

East Village Magazine - Flint, MI

The Genesee County Land Bank began the final phase of demolition of the newly tax-foreclosed Carpenter Road Apartments at the corner of Carpenter Road and Orange Lane, across from Flint Northwestern High School, Nov. 19.

The remaining three buildings of the Carpenter Road Apartments have been standing for more than 50 years. In the last decade they have brought blight, crime and other hazards to local residents as well as the students and staff of Northwestern High School. They have been vacant for two years after the city shut them down.

Lighthouse Media - Grand Haven, MI

City Council on Monday night approved a measure that would allow the city's Downtown Development Authority to apply for historic designation with the National Register of Historic Places.

“It’s basically a honorary title that we would get," explained Randy Smith, a member of the DDA Preservation and Place Committee and a downtown business owner. "The benefit would be for historic and heritage tourism. There’s no restrictions and downside to this.”

Upper Peninsula's Second Wave - Marquette, MI

Marquette will be one of eight Michigan cities participating in a placemaking process through the Michigan Municipal League, which means grant funding to improve downtown Marquette.

The effort is called PlacePlans, and is a joint project with Michigan State University and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, meant to help communities design and plan for placemaking projects that can transform a city or neighborhood into something better fitted for economic revitalization.

Macomb Daily - Macomb County, MI

Sellers in Macomb County continued to enjoy the upper hand in Southeast Michigan’s real estate market in October, with median home prices increasing by 46.2 percent over the same period in 2012.

The prices – which have been driven upward by dwindling inventory levels, still-low interest rates and a recovering local economy – increased from $82,000 in October 2012 to $119,900 this year, according to a report released by Farmington Hills-based Realcomp, which measures real estate activity in Southeast Michigan.

M Live - Detroit, MI

DETROIT, MI - A 60,000-square-foot development meant to be the linchpin of the Vernor Highway corridor is getting a technical boost from PlacePlans, an effort by the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University.

Now in its second round, PlacePlans, which is supported by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and Gov. Rick Snyder's MIplace Partnership, is intended to help communities plan and develop "transformative placemaking projects

Model D - Detroit, MI

Detroit is among eight Michigan cities selected to receive technical assistance with key economic development projects designed to attract and retain residents and employers. Specifically, Detroit will get help in designing a new neighborhood center on the city’s southwest side.

Detroit, along with Cadillac, Flint, Kalamazoo, Holland, Jackson, Marquette, and Midland, will participate in PlacePlans, the Michigan Municipal League announced last week. The eight cities were selected as part of a statewide application process.

Crain's Detroit Business - Detroit, MI

Instead, Ginosko sought input from the few residents who remained at Renaissance Village after years of disrepair, Irving said. The complex had a 30 percent occupancy rate when Ginosko purchased it from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in 2011 for $3.95 million after the previous owner defaulted on a MSHDA loan. According to Chris LaGrand, chief housing investment officer for MSHDA, the previous owner was Ron Weaver Sr.

The Detroit News - Cadillac, MI

Cadillac— Eight Michigan cities have been selected to receive technical assistance with key economic development projects, including efforts to revitalize a historic block in downtown Cadillac and redevelop a commercial district in southwest Detroit.

The Michigan Municipal League this week announced that Cadillac, Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo, Holland, Jackson, Marquette and Midland will participate in PlacePlans. The cities are the second group selected and were picked as part of a statewide application process.

Holland Sentinel.com - Holland, MI

City of Holland officials have been working on ways to connect the downtown with the waterfront, and now planners from three state agencies will get in on the action.
it was announced Thursday that Holland would be one of eight communities in the state to receive technical assistance under PlacePlans, a program in its second year that is backed by Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Michigan State University and the Michigan Municipal League, a statement from Matt Bach of the MML said.

Read more: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20131116/NEWS/131119434#ixzz2lOTc...

Midland Daily News - Midland, MI

The City of Midland will get help forming a new strategic plan for its downtown and East End districts as part of the PlacePlans program.

PlacePlans is a joint effort between the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University to help communities design and plan for transformative placemaking projects. The PlacePlans are done with support from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Gov. Rick Snyder’s MIplace Partnership.

fox 17 - Battle Creek, MI

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — One hundred veterans who were once homeless now have roofs over their heads.

They live at the Silver Star Apartments in Battle Creek, where 75 units were built in 2009. That was a part of phase one. Phase two wrapped up three months ago, adding 100 new units.

“I moved in September 27th with literally myself and my clothes,” Lakeesha Day, a Navy veteran, said.

Mid Michigan's Second Wave - Midland, MI

Midland County will be one of five Michigan counties getting grant funding for home repair and rehabilitation.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced it will hand out $1.175 million from the Housing Resource Fund in total, $225,000 of which will go to Midland County.

Upper Peninsula's Second Wave - Dickinson County, MI

Dickinson County is one of five Michigan counties that will get funding for home rehabilitation and emergency repair projects.

The funding comes from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, which awarded a total of $1.175 million from its Housing Resource Fund.

Crain's Detroit - Detroit, MI

A national model that will give the homeless one door to knock on for services is expected to roll out by year’s end in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck.

The goal of the Coordinated Assessment Model, a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is to increase access to services for the homeless by centralizing and standardizing initial assessments and coordinating referrals to one of 30 agencies in the area. That’s according to Tasha Gray, executive director of the Homeless Action Network of Detroit.

Northwest Michigan's Second Wave - Traverse City, MI

Grand Traverse County is one of five Michigan counties getting housing grants from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, according to a recent announcement.

The grants are from the Housing Resource Fund and total $1.175 million toward home rehabilitation and emergency repair projects across the state.

SooEveningNews.com - Eastern Upper Peninsula, MI

EASTERN UPPER PENINSULA — To many, the face of homelessness is an addicted man wandering the city streets, or standing near a traffic light carrying a sign pleading for help.

Yet the truth is more than half of those who are homeless are adults and children in families, according to Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness.

The Alpena News - Alpena, MI

ALPENA - An organized walk Saturday through downtown Alpena is expected to put the spotlight on the issues of homelessness and hunger.

Besides its awareness mission, the 2013 Walk for Homelessness and Hunger also will serve as a fundraiser for local programs that serve people in need of food to eat and a place to stay. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. at the Salvation Army Church at 722 Second Avenue, with the walk taking place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

October 2013

MLive - Flint, MI

FLINT, MI – Search our database to see when and where the first wave of demolitions will be as the first wave of the largest federally funded demolition work Flint has ever seen begins today.

There are 32 properties that will be demolished beginning today and running through the week of Nov. 4.

Cheboygan News.com - Cheboygan, MI

Eligible applicants are being sought to take advantage of low-interest or deferred home improvement loans for low-income individuals or families.
The Cheboygan County Home Improvement Loan Services program is starting up, with applicants now being accepted. Community Development Director Steve Schnell said there is already a waiting list of more than 30 people, but once paperwork is processed, projects will begin.

The Detroit Free Press - Flint, MI

Flint — Flint-area officials are starting what they say is the city’s largest residential blight removal effort.
Area leaders and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority say the $20.1 million effort will demolish more than 1,600 vacant and foreclosed Flint residential properties. The Flint Journal reports an event is planned Monday to kick off the effort.

The Republic - Alpena, MI

ALPENA, Michigan — This week's annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival in Alpena features a session highlighting a program that funds preservation efforts in Michigan.

The festival runs Thursday to Sunday and is expected to draw hundreds of lighthouse enthusiasts to Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula.

On Friday, a session will offer information about the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program, which is supported by the sale of Save Our Lights license plates. Since 2000, the State Historic Preservation Office has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants through the program.

Model D - Detroit, MI

Palmer Park continues to undergo major renovation work and receive national recognition thanks to the efforts of Shelborne Development and Malino Construction.

Model D has previously reported on the revitalization work being done in this neighborhood. Kathy Makino-Leipsitz, co-owner of Malino Construction and Shelborne Development along with her husband Mark Leipsitz, owns 13 buildings in the area. She is leading the development of the historic apartment buildings in Palmer Park that comprise one of the most uniquely varied and densely concentrated mixes of 20th century architecture styles in the state, spanning more than four decades of Art Deco.

Detroit Free Press - Detroit, MI

State and city officials announced Friday they’re bringing in familiar heavy hitters to tackle Detroit’s twin problems of vacant lands and blighted homes and businesses.

Roy Roberts, the former Detroit Public Schools emergency manager, will become the city’s new chief land officer, in charge of coordinating federal funding and programs targeting blight elimination in the city. He will report to Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr. His salary has yet to be finalized.

RealEstateRama - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich. – September 25, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a bill that will help fill a gap between what a developer can pay and what banks are willing to lend for commercial mixed-use and multifamily residential developments.
Senate Bill 347, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Jansen, clears the way for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to create the Michigan Mezzanine Fund, which will leverage existing funds to invest in those housing developments. It allows MSHDA to attract outside capital to help fill the funding gap and diversifies MSHDA’s revenue streams, allowing the authority to free up more funds for investment in affordable housing for the state’s low-to-moderate income residents.

Petoskey News - Petoskey News.com, MI

PETOSKEY -- Emmet County officials recently secured $200,000 in federal block grant funds to help support a housing rehabilitation program for lower-income homeowners.

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency administers this program for the county. Jonathan Scheel, a rehabilitation specialist with the agency, said the county became eligible for the $200,000 Community Development Block grant allowance -- originating in the U.S. Department of Housing of Urban Development and distributed by way of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan State Housing Development Authority -- a year earlier than normal, based on success in putting a similar grant from 2011 to use.

MLive - Muskegon, MI

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon County Commissioners on Thursday moved to accept $300,000 in state money to fix poor families’ homes, and stabilize neighborhoods.

The board of county commissioners, meeting as the ways and means committee Sept. 19, gave preliminary approval to the grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The Sacramento Bee - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 400 homeless service providers from across the state were on hand for today's kickoff of the 8th Annual Homeless Summit, spearheaded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/18/5747106/8th-annual-michigan-homeless-su...

Herald Online - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 23, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), today announced the addition of seven Michigan sites to the National Register of Historic Places

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/09/23/5235606/seven-michigan-sites-adde...

September 2013

MSHDA - Lansing, MI

MSHDA is accepting funding requests from CDBG non-entitlement local units of government for residential blight removal projects under the Community Development Division's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It's open to cities, townships and villages of less than 50,000 in population, and non-urban counties that do not receive CDBG funding directly from HUD.

"This is a great opportunity for smaller towns to rid their communities of abandoned, blighted structures that cause safety concerns and drive down property values," MSHDA Executive Director Scott Woosley said. "It's the first time that standalone residential blight removal funding using CDBG grant dollars has been offered by MSHDA. This funding opportunity may not be offered again at a later date."

Market Watch - Lansing, MI

The Michigan Main Street Center at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is taking applications for the Associate Main Street program through November 1.

The Times Herald - Lansing, MI

The Michigan Department of Transportation dealt with different regions from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; the Michigan State Housing Development Authority drew the line between regions differently from the Economic Development Authority. Even different programs within the same agency frequently created their own regions for service.

MarketPlace Economy - Detroit, MI

The Treasury Department has changed the rules on the Hardest Hit Fund, a program meant to help people hit by the housing crisis stay in their homes, allowing states to use some money from the $7.6 billion foreclosure prevention program to demolish homes instead.

August 2013

Finance & Commerce - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan is getting $100 million in federal aid to demolish abandoned buildings and fight blight in Detroit and four other cities, Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday. Snyder said the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the aid.

Detroit is getting $52.3 million, Flint $20.1 million and Saginaw 11.2 million. Pontiac is getting $3.7 million and Grand Rapids $2.5 million, while $10.2 million goes to a reserve fund for additional demolition, Snyder said

The Leader - Kalkaska, MI

REGION – A veteran’s risk of homelessness is twice that of the general population, according to the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans. A new program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), seeks to end that problem in northern Michigan by providing a myriad of services to ensure a veteran and his or her family has stable housing.

Through a grant provided by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), the SSVF has established five offices to serve veterans in 21 counties. This is one of the first rural establishments of SSVF in the nation since the program began in 2009.

CBS Detroit - Detroit, MI

DETROIT (WWJ) – The National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Office will hold a free workshop in Detroit about the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program.

The workshop is a follow up to then-U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s January 2013 visit to Detroit. Salazar convened a meeting of historic preservation stakeholders to get input about use of the tax credits, the impact of the incentives on economic development, and how the credits can be used to revitalize the Motor City.

Loan Safe.org - Lansing, MI

Yesterday, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the one-year anniversary of the Homeowner Protection Fund (HPF) being signed into law, which has helped Michigan residents devastated by the foreclosure crisis. The fund originates from the National Mortgage Settlement, a nationwide settlement involving five of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers. The existence of the Homeowner Protection Fund doesn’t end there.

The Allegan County News - Allegan, MI

A proposed redesign of Allegan's riverfront is expected by many to revitalize the city not only for residents but also for businesses throughout town.

City council member Deb Leverence said people who stop to visit new riverfront attractions will likely stay to shop elsewhere in the city.

"It's not just about riverfront businesses," she said. "It's about having that draw. We have a wonderful, quaint, hometown feel. If there's more to see, more people will come. It doesn't matter why you came off the highway."

The Oakland Press - Oakland County, MI

Oakland County residents who are struggling to make mortgage or property tax payments may be eligible for up to $30,000 in federal funds to prevent foreclosure, and a partnership between local politicians and religious leaders will attempt to spread that word widely.

“This is an event, I think, of Biblical proportions,” Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner said during a press conference outside of Welcome Missionary Baptist Church in Pontiac.

Lansing State Journal - Portland, MI

The goal of the Portland Main Street program is to actively revitalize Portland’s vibrant, charming, and unique downtown into a gathering place—one that uses broad-based community support to (1) provide opportunities to entrepreneurs; (2) sustain a strong economic foundation for the region; and (3) safeguard history, tradition, and a sense of community for residents and visitors.

The Sacramento Bee - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 14, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Main Street Center at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is taking applications for the Associate Main Street program through November 1.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/14/5650091/michigan-main-street-center-acc...

Heritage Newspapers - Dearborn, MI

Artspace paid the city a $50,000 nonrefundable deposit. It plans to spend nearly $17.4 million on renovations, but the key is receiving a $6.9 million Michigan State Housing Development Authority Low Income Housing Tax Credit, which would be applied to renovating the wings. The application is due Thursday, and Artspace will learn by November if it will receive the credit in this cycle.

The Detroit News - Pontiac, MI

Pontiac— The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is turning to the faith community in an attempt to reach a broader range of people with its tax delinquency relief program.

July 2013

The Oakland Press - Southeast Michigan, MI

June marked the second consecutive month that the number of home permits being issued totaled more than 400 in four counties in Southeastern Michigan, according to a recent report.

The Homebuilders Association of Southeastern Michigan released data it reported in the HBA/Wells Fargo Southeastern Michigan Residential Building Activity Report showing that a total of 423 single-family home permits were issued in Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair and Wayne counties in June of 2013.

MLive - Grand Rapids, MI

The proposal would allow the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to introduce a new $100 million Michigan Mezzanine Investment Fund to support housing projects around the state. MSHDA seeks to raise capital to do multifamily and mixed-use developments primarily in Michigan’s downtowns and core urban neighborhoods.

The Detroit News - Detroit, MI

Currently, all seven city land bank board members are Detroit appointees: two from the mayor, two by the City Council, one jointly by the mayor and the council, one official from the City Planning Commission and one official from the city’s Planning and Development Department.

Under the new proposal, one appointment would be from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and one from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Of the other three members, one will be appointed by the mayor, one by the council and one by the mayor from a list of five candidates compiled by the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130718/METRO01/307180044#ixzz2aYNCdabZ

Lansing State Journal - Lansing, MI

“I kept saying, ‘I’ll catch up; I have time to take care of it,’ ” Wolf said. “But it just snowballed, and pretty soon, it had been three years since I had paid my property taxes. ... I felt like I was drowning.”
Then in March, Wolf saw a commercial for the “Step Forward Michigan” program, through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, which helps homeowners facing foreclosure, and called the toll-free number.

Macomb Daily - Macomb County, MI

A return to confidence regarding southeast Michigan’s economy among potential home buyers has reinvigorated construction of single-family homes in Macomb County, according to a recently-released survey.

The Detroit News - Dearborn, MI

The City Council approved in a 5-1 vote on Tuesday the purchase and sale of the building, contingent on Artspace’s obtaining an estimated $10 million in funding from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, confirmed corporation counsel Debra Walling and community and economic director Barry Murray.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130724/METRO01/307240072#ixzz2ZzW8x5tQ

Dearborn Patch - Dearborn, MI

Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. said Tuesday's vote will allow Artspace to move forward with its application to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) on Aug. 15. Artspace is applying for approximately $17 million in grants to renovate the current city hall and add 45 low income apartments for area artists. Other plans include studio spaces, a cafe in the building's concourse, and a performance/concert area.

Midland Daily News - Gladwin, MI

The City of Gladwin will receive an $85,300 community development block grant (CDBG).

Gladwin will use the money to assist a landlord with the creation of two rental units in the city’s downtown, according to Scott Woosley, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

MSHDA administers the federally-funded CDBG program through its Office of Community Development. CDBG funds are used by smaller communities and counties to upgrade homes owned by lower income residents and to carry out other housing activities. Money also is used to fund neighborhood preservation programs, down-payment assistance programs as well as rental development and rehabilitation activities.

“Grants like this help MSHDA play a critical role in our state’s future by giving communities the tools they need to preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents,” Woosley said. “When we support activities that revitalize communities, we raised the standard of living for all who live there.”

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. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda

MLive - Flint, MI

FLINT,MI -- Pastors from the city's north side plan to make their case for targeting millions in new federal funds for demolition in neighborhoods with the most abandoned homes in a meeting with Genesee County Land Bank officials today, July 3.

"Why not focus on the areas of our city with extreme blight?" said the Rev. Reginald Flynn, president the North Flint Reinvestment Corp. and pastor of Foss Avenue Baptist Church. "We know we have to eliminate blight" before those areas can change.

Presque Isle County - Presque Isle, MI

The Onaway City Commission approved a resolution of support Monday evening for the Iron One Foundation’s application for a $15,000 grant through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to complete a housing target market analysis on.

City manager Joe Hefele has been working with the Presque Isle County Economic Development Commission (EDC), Moran Iron Works and MSHDA over the past few weeks. The groups shared many phone conversations. “The purpose of those conversations was to arrive at a game plan that we hope will result in bringing new housing into Onaway – housing needed by new employees hired by Moran Iron Works,” said Hefele.

4 News - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scott Woosley, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), today announced two cities and three counties will receive a share of $715,800 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110419/MM85741LOGO)

MSHDA administers the federally-funded CDBG program through its Office of Community Development. CDBG funds are used by smaller communities and counties to upgrade homes owned by lower income residents and carry out other housing activities. Money also is used to fund neighborhood preservation programs, down-payment assistance programs as well as rental development and rehabilitation activities.

"Grants like these help MSHDA play a critical role in our state's future by giving communities the tools they need to preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents," Woosley said. "When we support activities that revitalize communities, we raise the standard of living for all who live there."

MLive - Detroit, MI

Michigan’s foreclosure activity has slowed, nearing levels last seen before the housing crisis.

“Michigan was one of the first states to be hit by the foreclosure problem and now it's one of the first states to get out,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrack Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based foreclosure data firm.

The Detroit area is experiencing its lowest foreclosure activity in the last several years, even before the Great Recession, he said.

There were 26,349 foreclosure-related filings in Michigan during the first six months of 2013, according to RealtyTrac Inc.’s foreclosure market report. That’s down 43 percent from the first half of 2012 and 33 percent lower than the filings reported in the last half of 2012.

WJR 760am - Lansing, MI

(LANSING, Mich.) -- On Tuesday, The State Historic Preservation Office announced the recipients of this year’s Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grants to preserve the state’s lighthouses.

The grants are funded through the sale of special “Save Our Lights” license plates, and go towards the repair and renovation of Michigan’s lighthouses.

"Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state," said Scott Woosley, Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, which oversees the Preservation Office. "These unique structures symbolize Michigan and its rich maritime heritage. With this grant program we are able to assist organizations devoted to lighthouse preservation."

MyNorth.com - Boyne City, MI

Boyne City’s 10th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run blasts into high-speed boating action July 12-13, when more than 80 high performance boats will roar through Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan.

Boyne Thunder boating entries have nearly doubled since 2011, when 42 boats registered for the poker run. All proceeds from the boating event will benefit the Boyne City Main Street Program, which helps revitalize the Boyne City downtown area, and two Boyne City-based non-profits: Camp Quality Michigan, a camping program for children with cancer, and Challenge Mountain, a first-time Boyne Thunder beneficiary that provides outdoor recreational programming for people with disabilities.

Clawson Patch - Clawson, MI

Main Street Oakland County honored several communities at Leon & Lulu in Clawson Tuesday.

The event was put together to recognize newly accredited communities. Since 2000 the program has been solidifying the unique charm specific to local area downtowns and maximizing their potential while preserving their heritage and sense of place. In addition, the Main Street program looks to nurture growth for entrepreneurs by keeping profits in town.

June 2013

Huffington Post - Bloomfield Hills, MI

While Michigan makers have produced some of the iconic work that shaped the 20th century modernism movement, a robust design legacy isn't commonly associated with the state. Now, a new exhibit seeks to tell the story of the state's contributions, from architecture to furniture and, of course, cars.

The Detroit News - Detroit, MI

Detroit In an effort to help thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority on Friday announced a partnership with the faith-based community to spread the word about relief funds available.

One of the first efforts in the partnership is a Tax Foreclosure Housing Fair in Detroit on Saturday for homeowners in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. It’s part of the Step Forward Michigan program which offers up to $30,000 for homeowners to pay delinquent taxes, mortgage assistance or condo association dues.

M Live - flint, MI

FLINT, MI -- Michigan has received approval to spend $100 million in federal funds to demolish thousands of vacant homes in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw.

So how will this affect those communities, as well as the state of Michigan? How is blight eroding your urban neighborhood?

Michigan Chronicle - Bloomfield, MI

Cranbrook Art Museum will showcase how modern design was inspired and influenced by Michigan industry and design.
The exhibit, which runs from June 14- Oct. 13, will focus on such iconic pieces as the Eames Lounge Chair, the expressive styling of the fins on a Cadillac, corporate campuses like the General Motors Technical Center and office environments revolutionized by Herman Miller.

MLive - Saginaw, MI

The U.S. Treasury on June 6 signed off on a proposal that allows the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to use funds originally set aside for mortgage relief to create a blight elimination program.

Now local officials are working with the state authority to determine how the millions can be spent in the five cities authorized to participate in the proposal: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw.

Saginaw Development Director Bill Ernat said he is still attempting to get a clear idea of how the process will work, but is planning a meeting between officials from MSHDA and city administration.

Detroit Free Press - Detroit, MI

The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office planned the symposium and exhibition. The project was a conscious effort on the state’s part to celebrate Michigan’s mid-century achievements with at least three ends in view.

First, the goal is to rebrand Michigan based on its design heritage, which while less known than its automotive heritage may be just as influential.

May 2013

Crain's Detroit Business - Lansing, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is seeking legislative approval to create a new $100 million fund to support housing projects around the state.

The Michigan Mezzanine Investment Fund would fund mixed-use and multifamily housing projects. It would include $25 million from MSHDA's reserve funds, and $75 million from private investors.

Union Express - Otsego, MI

Officials from national and state Main Street programs were in Otsego over the last week helping the community begin ahead of charting its course.

Otsego Main Street Manager Molly Wieber said that a community visioning session held Monday, May 20, had done its job in helping the community decide for itself how to proceed.

“There wasn’t a big surprise with what they saw as our three biggest assets,” Wieber said.

Citizens named Otsego Public Schools, the Otsego District Public Library and a general sense of community, civic pride and participation as the top three.

Another thing the community identified, which Wieber said she’d somewhat expected was its opinion of Otsego’s downtown.

MSU - Lansing, MI

The MI-Place Partnership is a statewide initiative made up of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Municipal League, the MSU Land Policy Institute, and other statewide organizations with the purpose of keeping Michigan at the forefront of placemaking.

“Only with successful placemaking initiatives will we be able to build a better Michigan,” Pioch said.

The goal of MI-Place Partnership is to help communities re-examine the importance of everyday settings and experiences that shape our lives – the downtowns, parks, plazas, main streets, neighborhoods and markets that influence where we live and how we interact.

M Live - flint, MI

FLINT, MI – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced that Flint’s Grand Traverse District Neighborhood was one of three neighborhoods statewide to have been selected by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to take part in the new MI Neighborhood program.

The two other neighborhoods chosen were Muskegon’s Nelson Neighborhood and Lansing’s Northtown Neighborhood Association.

The Detroit News - Detroit, MI

Lansing — A Senate committee approved legislation Thursday significantly shortening the redemption period for homeowners in foreclosure.

Opponents predicted it would slow Michigan's recovery from the mortgage crisis, while a foreclosure expert argued it would boost the state's home sales.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130523/POLITICS02/305230423#ixzz2UE...

News Channel 3 - Otsego, MI

OTSEGO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Monday marks a big step for Otsego.

Representatives from the National and Michigan Main Street programs will be in the city, starting the process of making it a Main Street Community.

Molly Wieber, the Otsego Main Street Manager, said a baseline assessment will begin Monday.

“We will have a rep from the National Main Street Program and then reps from the Michigan Main Street Center. They’ll be joining us for two and a half days of meetings with various community groups,” Wieber said.

Holland Sentinel.com - Holland, MI

Holland — Preserving the history of homes and small commercial buildings will be the focus of a two-day workshop planned for Holland.

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority will host the workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 and 8 in the front conference room at the Holland Public Safety building, 89 W. Eighth St.

The Wall Street Journal - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gov. Rick Snyder today announced three neighborhoods have been selected by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to take part in the new MI Neighborhood program. The designees include the City of Muskegon's Nelson Neighborhood, the City of Flint's Grand Traverse District Neighborhood, and the City of Lansing's Northtown Neighborhood Association.

WOODTV8 - Grand Rapids, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Step Forward Michigan Faith Partnership campaign is designed to engage clergy, congregants and leaders of all religions in the fight

MLive - Grand Rapids, MI

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has lots of foreclosure prevention money, but needs help making connections with homeowners who could use the help. Some area pastors are eager to do the networking.

MSHDA’s Step Forward Michigan program on Monday, May 20, launched a “faith partnership campaign” that seeks pastors and other leaders of religious groups to promote funding of up to $30,000 for qualifying households.

Deadline Detroit - Detroit, MI

With the likes of Albert Kahn, Minoru Yamasaki, Eliel Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames all calling Michigan home at some point in their careers, the state is arguably long overdue for a look back on the innovations it gave to the rest of the design world, argues Mark Byrnes on the Atlantic Cities' blog.

It will soon do just that with Michigan Modern, a planned four-day symposium (June 13-16) and four-month design exhibit (June 14 through October 13) put together by the state's office of historic preservation and Cranbrook Art Museum.

MSU extension - East Lansing, MI

MSU Extension offices in or near Macomb, Washtenaw, Lapeer and Ionia counties have housing counselors you can talk to for free and assist you in the application process. In other areas, find a housing counselor via the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Wall Street Journal - Lansing, MI

Head of Lansing nonprofit receives Duvernay Award at Building Michigan Communities Conference
LANSING, Mich., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark McDaniel, president and CEO of Lansing-based Great Lakes Capital Fund, today was announced as the winner of the 2013 Duvernay Award, the top honor bestowed at the annual Building Michigan Communities Conference.

McDaniel received the award during a luncheon ceremony at the conference, which began Monday and concludes Wednesday at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. The conference, now in its 15(th) year, brings together people and organizations involved in creating or preserving affordable housing, serving the homeless and revitalizing neighborhoods and downtowns.

The Craig Fahle Show - Lansing, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) opens their Building Michigan Communities Conference for the 15th year by celebrating a 10% rise in housing sales and a 44% decline in foreclosures. MSHDA PR Deputy Director Chris LaGrand discusses the housing industry's impact on Michigan's economy.

Ferris State University - Lansing, MI

Ferris State University and five other recipients were presented with 2013 Governor’s Awards for historic preservation at a ceremony in the state capitol rotunda. Burney Johnson, deputy director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway hosted the event on Wednesday, May 1.

The Times Herald.com - Port Huron, MI

Blight is a problem facing municipalities large and small, from all over the state, said Michele Wildman, senior policy adviser for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

“It is not unique at all,” she said. “We ran a blight program for a very limited amount of funding a few years ago and got applications from all around the state. What we know from our work around the state is that having a lot of blight within a community can cause an array of problems.”

WHMI - Howell, MI

A new grant program could help provide some funding to downtown building owners to rehabilitate apartments in the City of Howell. The City has had several downtown building owners express an interest in re-creating and/or improving upper floor residential spaces. A rental rehabilitation program through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority offers grant funds to help offset the costs incurred for those types of projects

Hillsdale.net - Hillsdale, MI

City Manager Linda Brown budgeted more than $9 million for the fiscal year citing "the anticipation of entering into a rental rehabilitation program through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority." That marks a $1.3 million increase over last year’s amended budget which was $7.7 million.

Second Wave - Manistee, MI

"Instead of demolishing a blighted, functionally obsolete building, steps have been taken to work with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office to follow the federal… historic preservation guidelines to restore this incredible facility."

April 2013

Market Watch - Lansing, MI

The State Historic Preservation Office, part of MSHDA, initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitment to the preservation of Michigan's unique character and the many cultural resources that document Michigan's past.

The Times Herald - St. Clair, MI

Another option for people working to pay off their property taxes is a state program called Step Forward, said Christine Venema, extension educator for financial literacy, foreclosure and housing education.
The program, funded through Michigan’s Hardest Hit Fund, gives a five-year loan to people unable to pay property taxes.
“I just started getting people from the treasurer office in the beginning of March, because they realized they’d lose their house at the end of the month if they didn’t pay,” Venema said.

Model D - Lansing, MI

As a former Flint banker who now leads the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Homeownership Division, I’ve learned valuable lessons while launching our state’s Hardest Hit Fund program to prevent home foreclosure.

It’s hard to convince skeptics that progress in the fight against home foreclosure could be attainable if agencies such as MSHDA would only spend money more quickly.

MLive - Iron River, MI

IRON RIVER, MI — A West Michigan contractor is poised to begin rehabilitation of a historic school building into an apartment complex in the Upper Peninsula city of Iron River.

The old Central School will be reborn as Apple Blossom Apartments this year after Wolverine Building Group, architect Barry J. Polzin and developer Tim Hovey of the Gryphon Group finish a $6.6 million adaptive reuse transformation project.

March 2013

Model D - Detroit, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority helps first-time homebuyers in lots of ways:

•Special loans and programs to make your mortgage affordable.
•Down payment help up to $7,500.
•Partnerships with banks, credit unions and mortgage companies near you, so you can work with people you trust.
•Friendly homeownership counselors who will give you straight answers to your homebuying questions.

FM 106.5 - Otsego, MI

LANSING (WKZO) -- Downtown Otsego and downtown Lansing are the latest to be named an official "Michigan Main Street."

The designations come from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Governor Snyder said the program helps to give communities more opportunities to grow and attract both new jobs and new residents.

There are now 44 communities taking part in the program.

February 2013

NH&RS's - Lansing, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has announced that the application and Preliminary or Reduced Scope Market Study is due by March 1, 2013. If you have not yet ordered the Preliminary or Reduced Scope Market Study, you will need to do so by Friday, February 15, 2013. Follow the link provided for more details: GAP Financing NOFA

M Live - flint, MI

-Flint Township has received $300,000 in Michigan State Housing Development Authority Money to demolish five buildings that remain at Brookstone Valley Apartments. The apartment complex off Flushing Road closed in November 2011, after the owner failed to pay a nearly $54,000 water bill. Four buildings, a garage and pool area were demolished in 2012.

WSJM - Plainwell, MI

Berrien-Cass-Van Buren County Michigan Works, the City of Plainwell and the Village of Constantine will receive money for blight elimination. The Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Land Bank and MSHDA are awarding 34 municipal, township and county entities nearly $15-million for the program. Dave Akerly with MSHDA explains what communities will be using the money for.

Department of Human Services - Lansing, MI

Lansing, Mich. Feb. 20, 2013- DHS Director Maura Corrigan is pleased to announce that 34 municipal, township and county entities statewide will share in $15 million in funding to help eliminate blight in their communities.
The awards range from approx. $3.7 million to the Genesee County Land Bank to $10,000 awarded to the Houghton County Land Bank. All geographic regions of the state have been represented in the final funding decision.

Funding for these awards comes from a March 2012 settlement reached by 49 state attorneys general, including Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, following a lawsuit over mortgage foreclosure practices. Among other things, the settlement resulted in payments to the states. Of Michigan's $97.2 million share, the legislature through state law allocated $25 million to the creation of a Blight Elimination Program to help communities demolish vacant and abandoned properties with the goal of promoting public safety, stabilizing property values and enhancing current and future development opportunities.

January 2013

Michigan Radio - Detroit, MI

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Senator Carl Levin and Michigan officials will host a meeting in Detroit tomorrow to talk about how tax breaks for historic preservation projects can help distressed cities.

In a statement, Secretary Salazar says the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program has been used for 70 projects in Detroit since 2000. He says he wants to talk about how that program can help revitalize the city.

MLive - Genesee County, MI

GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- The city of Flint, Genesee County and the county Land Bank have spent a combined $36.5 million in federal grants awarded to fight blight in distressed communities, local officials announced Friday, Jan. 25.

MLive - Ostego, MI

OTSEGO, MI -- It was a nippy 29 degrees Sunday in Otsego.

But that didn't stop hundreds of community members from participating in filming a scene in a movie that may help the city earn entry into the Michigan Main Street program.

MML - Lansing, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) rolled out its newest program today called the MI Neighborhood Program, which seeks communities that want to complement a Main Street or traditional commercial district revitalization project with a nearby neighborhood redevelopment.

Once accepted into the program through the application process, MI Neighborhood works with each targeted neighborhood association and local and statewide organizations to identify and address neighborhood needs. It connects the neighborhood with existing and emerging opportunities, which leverages resources that will help in the revitalization process. It's important to note that only neighborhood associations that are within one-quarter to one-half mile of a downtown or approved commercial district will be considered for entry into the program

The Oakland Press - Pontiac, MI

PONTIAC — Eighteen-year-old Nia Barton is a 2012 Pontiac High School graduate. Next month, she’s moving into a new apartment at the Lafayette Place Lofts.

“Downtown Pontiac was becoming drained — it didn’t have life in it,” she said. “I feel like it’s changed.”

Barton is studying business at Oakland Community College, and said she wants to be a part of the redevelopment of the Summit Place Mall.

Observer & Eccentric - Wayne, MI

If the response from the more than 80 people who turned out to hear a presentation about Wayne becoming a Michigan Main Street community is any indication, it's very important.

Wayne Ripple Effect, a volunteer citizens group, collected more than $4,100 in pledges to support efforts to make Wayne's downtown “vibrant, inviting and visually appealing.”

The meeting was held at the Greater Than Dreams Church and was half informational and half fundraising as volunteers kicked off a push to raise the $50,000 needed for Wayne to achieve a select status with the Michigan Main Street Center.

Northwest Michigan's Second Wave - Boyne City, MI

Downtown Boyne City has been serious about growth, redevelopment and placemaking in recent years, and some of that effort is paying off, as it recently got added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Michigan's State Historic Preservation Office, which is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, announced the addition of seven historic sites in Michigan to the national register, including central Boyne City.

MLive - Bay City, MI

BAY CITY, MI — What one official describes as the largest amount of money ever made available to assist delinquent property taxpayers is now accessible to Bay County residents.

Bay County Treasurer Rick Brzezinski said the community has entered into an agreement with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, which is offering $200 million in aid to the state's delinquent payers with certain qualifications.

MLive - Bay City, MI

Project organizers also will meet with community leaders privately during the week to gain more feedback.

The Michigan Association of Planning earlier this year chose Bay City from among a dozen communities to receive a $75,000 C.S. Mott Foundation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority grant that funds the year-long planning effort known as the Above PAR Project.

Market Watch - Lansing, MI

Veteran journalist and communications specialist Katie Bach has joined the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) as media affairs manager.

MSHDA - Lansing, MI

LANSING -- Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Scott Woosley said he heard some welcome news during Gov. Rick Snyder's third State of the State address Wednesday. A plan to create an agency focused on helping veterans and increased efforts to rid communities of abandoned properties were chief among them.

Observer & Eccentric - Wayne, MI

“This is grassroots, community and volunteer driven,” said Brittney Hoszkiw, an organizing specialist with the Michigan Main Street Center. “The strategy is to encourage economic development through historic preservation. You have the community resources, but you need the financial resources for the community to move forward.”

Real Estate Rama - Lansing, MI

LANSING – January 08, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Scott Woosley today announced three Upper Peninsula communities will receive Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) totaling $830,600.

The Sacramento Bee - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A plan for a new $4.2 million affordable housing development for seniors in downtown Hart was announced today by Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Scott Woosley. The Lake Pointe Apartments project on Hart Lake is financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) administered through MSHDA and occupancy is anticipated by later this summer.

The Times Herald - Breitung Township, MI

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP — Three individual properties and four historic districts in Michigan are getting new recognition by the National Register of Historic Places.

The State Historic Preservation Office recently announced that the Upper Twin Falls Bridge in Dickinson County’s Breitung Township, the Hanover High School Complex in Jackson County and the Grand Rapids Storage and Van Co. in Kent County are on the list.

Wood TV 8 - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - The State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, announced Thursday seven additions to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's list of historic and archeological sites worthy of preservation.

MiBiz - Grand Rapids, MI

GRAND RAPIDS — If you look past the gleaming facades and sparkling new windows of just about every major housing project launched in downtown Grand Rapids over the past five years, you will find Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) at their foundations.

But observers say Grand Rapids probably can’t — and shouldn’t — rely exclusively on the federal program for continued growth of housing alternatives in its core city.

While the LIHTC program has been used heavily here, developers in other communities now are becoming more aggressive in their proposals to include the tax credits as part of their financing packages. Michigan State Housing Development Authority administrators say the program is currently 3-to-1 oversubscribed with applicants. Plus, some questions remain over whether Grand Rapids needs to balance out its housing stock with more market-rate properties.

Daily Tribune - Warren, MI

Approximately 100 houses would be built and 50 more could receive facelifts under a plan to redevelop foreclosed properties in southern Warren.

A company that met the minimum $4.7 million bid at a county auction last summer to acquire almost 660 parcels in a package deal plans to seek tax credits to launch the ambitious project in the city.

The construction general contractor promised that if the firm can secure tax credits and additional financing, the project would revitalize the area between Eight Mile and 10 Mile roads, from Dequindre Road to Hayes, and create jobs.

White Lake Highland Patch - Lansing, MI

In the latest unwinding of the mortgage crisis, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and other participating state Attorneys General entered into a settlement with the five leading bank mortgage servicers. The National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) provides monetary sanctions and relief as well as mandating comprehensive reforms in mortgage loan servicing. Michigan received $97.2 million for the purpose of creating the Homeowner Protection Fund. A portion of these funds were appropriated by the Legislature

News Channel 25 - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, announced the addition of seven properties and historic districts to the National Register of Historic Places.

Market Watch - Lansing, MI

The State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, announced the addition of seven properties and historic districts to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Herald Palladium - Benton Harbor, MI

BENTON HARBOR - At least 15 Benton Harbor homeowners could see serious home improvements in the new year.

The city has applied for a $630,000 grant from Michigan State Housing Development Authority to renovate 15 owner-occupied houses, said Regina Sistrunk, the city's director of community and economy development.

December 2012

The Daily News - Iron Mountain, MI

The nomination is from the State Historic Preservation Office, part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The district encompasses Iron Mountain's historic downtown, from Fleshiem Street on the north to the county courthouse on the south, and from Iron Mountain Street on the east to Kimberly, Stockbridge and Carpenter avenues on the west.

Model D - Detroit, MI

This month’s edition of the Prosperity Agenda radio show focuses on placemaking efforts in Michigan and the impact some of these projects have on working toward a more vibrant state. The show also includes a conversation with new MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority) Executive Director Scott Woosley. Woosley discusses Michigan’s efforts to promote affordable housing, revitalize some of the struggling communities and attract new investment to the state.

MLive - Detroit, MI

DETROIT, MI - Millions of dollars identified by the Wayne County Treasurer's office are coming available through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority that will go to aiding homeowners who are struggling to pay property taxes.

WHMI - Livingston County, MI

The policy applies to the implementation of the County Allocation Program, which is offered through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The program provides $300,000 to low- and medium-income households in Livingston County every year for the improvement and rehabilitation of their homes.

November 2012

Battle Creek Enquirer - Battle Creek, MI

Shirley Carr and Stevie Simmons have been busy planning this year’s homeless health fair for months. But neither one is taking all the credit.

“Stevie does a great deal of work,” said Carr.
“Not as much as you, I don’t think,” Simmons said.
The two, who are working together to put on Thursday’s Greater Battle Creek/Calhoun County Project Connect Homeless Health Fair, could be dubbed an unlikely pair. Carr, 74, is a spunky grandmother; Simmons is a well-spoken 22-year-old guy fresh out of college, who describes himself as quiet and shy.

Detroit Free Press - Macomb County, MI

The Macomb County Michigan State University Extension is holding two foreclosure prevention seminars this month, presented by housing counselors certified by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Second Wave - Benton Harbor, MI

Empire Station Apartments in Benton Harbor started out in the 1930's as a fire station and has gone through many incarnations over the years, ice company, boxing facility, and ambulance company among them.

The Detroit Free Press - Detroit, MI

The Wayne County Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program gave county residents facing foreclosure counseling, help with emergency budgeting and, according to the website, when appropriate, it contacted the lender and negotiated a settlement.

It served 5,500 county residents. Current clients and those seeking help in the future are being directed to contact the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

19 Action News - Cleveland, OH

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Keith Molin today announced that public hearings are scheduled statewide to receive input for the 2009 distribution of funds from the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund. The allocation of 2009 funds represents the second opportunity for MSHDA to distribute funds under legislation passed in 2007 to support projects designed to fuel strategies leveraging public and private resources to meet the affordable housing needs of low, very low and extremely low income households and to finance projects located in a downtown area or adjacent neighborhood.

Daily Press - Escanaba, MI

Earlier this year, Escanaba was named one of three cities in Michigan to receive a grant to pay the full cost to be nominated on the National Register of Historic Places. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a division of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, is paying for technical assistance to research and write up the application to designate the entire downtown as a National Historic Place.

Harbor Light - Petoskey, MI

The Michigan Downtown Association (MDA) announces that it will be holding a 2012 Statewide Downtown Conference in Petoskey on Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2. The conference centers on specific conference subjects of special interest to downtown practitioners but is also open to interested members of the general public.

Conference sponsors include Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), Main Street Oakland County, Asti Environmental, Beckett & Raeder, Carrier & Gable, Fleis & Vendenbrink, LandUse USA, Landscape Forms, New Moon Visions, Rowe Engineering, and Wade Trim.

October 2012

M Live - Saginaw, MI

Brittney Hoszkiw is an organization specialist with the Michigan Main Street Center, an office of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Hoszkiw gave a presentation to the group at Jake's Tuesday, outlining the state program and answering questions afterward. She explained that the trend of suburban growth that essentially killed downtowns after World War II has reversed. Research shows Generation X and Y yearn for connections to their community, she said, that lie at the heart of historic downtown areas like Old Town Saginaw.

KCEN TV.com - Lansing, MI

"The Jos. Campau district reflects Hamtramck's rich history as a Polish community that boomed following the construction of the Dodge Main automotive plant in 1914," said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. "By 1930 Hamtramck's population had reached 54,000, and 80 percent of the people were Polish. Jos. Campau was the main commercial artery in the community and includes a variety of intact historic buildings. We hope that national register designation will encourage property owners to rehabilitate their buildings by using the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits that are available for the rehabilitation of buildings listed in the national register," Conway said. The City of Hamtramck sought the designation in order to encourage investment in and rehabilitation of the buildings within the district.

WALB News 10 - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Board of Directors today unanimously approved Rochester real estate financial developer Scott Woosley as the new executive director in charge of managing the agency that promotes community development and affordable housing.

The Alpena News - Alpen, MI

Alpena is among five communities that receive planning and design assistance through "PlacePlans," a new MIPlace Partnership initiative to help communities design and plan for transformative placemaking projects. Alpena's project, a downtown plaza project, joins Allegan (riverfront development), Dearborn (transit-oriented development),Saginaw (green zone development), and Sault Ste. Marie (mixed-use alley space development.) The winning submissions were chosen from more than thirty exceptional projects representing different scales and geographic locations around the state.

NewsOn6.com - Lansing, MI

The Michigan Main Street Center works with communities large and small, urban and rural, helping them to grow into thriving, innovative and creative centers of commerce for both people and businesses. The Michigan Main Street program's purpose is to support and improve Michigan's downtowns and traditional neighborhood commercial districts by promoting and implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach®.

The Business Journals - Lansing, MI

The Michigan Main Street Center works with communities large and small, urban and rural, helping them to grow into thriving, innovative and creative centers of commerce for both people and businesses. The Michigan Main Street program's purpose is to support and improve Michigan's downtowns and traditional neighborhood commercial districts by promoting and implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach®. The program is part of Governor Snyder's placemaking efforts to create vibrant communities across Michigan. These efforts are based on numerous studies showing that investing in placemaking creates vibrant centers and downtowns, making the state economically stronger. Currently, 40 communities participate in the Michigan Main Street program across the state.

RE Journals.com - Detroit, MI

The two projects, Lakeside Towers in Sterling Heights and Park Place of Harper Woods, are owned by subsidiaries of National Church Residences, a non-profit organization that has been involved in affordable housing for more than 50 years and have more than 24,000 units in 28 states under ownership and management. Both properties were competitively awarded 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

MLive - Detroit, MI

The video says that in 2009, a consortium of government units and economic development agencies was formed to focus on this triangular neighborhood, including the DEGC, Invest Detroit, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Land Bank, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Wayne County Land Bank.

Real EstateRama - Macomb, MI

October 8, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The Macomb County Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) will be holding two informational Foreclosure Prevention seminars during the month of October which will be free to all homeowners.

The seminars are being presented by Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MHSDA)-certified housing counselors. Homeowners will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a housing counselor after completion of the seminar. Macomb MSUE is a Department of Housing and Urban Development-certified agency

PR Newswire - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 8, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), announced the recent listing of five Michigan properties in the National Register of Historic Places. The national register, which is maintained by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, is the nation's list of properties worthy of being preserved.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/10/08/4321784/five-michigan-properties-...

LoanSafe.org - Lansing, MI

(Source: MHSDA) — The Macomb County Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) will be holding two informational Foreclosure Prevention seminars during the month of October which will be free to all homeowners.
The seminars are being presented by Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MHSDA)-certified housing counselors. Homeowners will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a housing counselor after completion of the seminar. Macomb MSUE is a Department of Housing and Urban Development-certified agency.

Bridge - Detroit, MI

Private effort targets teens

Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based, privately funded organization in Detroit that serves homeless, runaway and at-risk youth up to age 22. Staff and volunteers provide shelter, educational and vocational programs for those 18 and older who come voluntarily when there is nowhere else to turn.

September 2012

PR Newswire - Bay City, MI

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Answering a simple question – Why do you choose to call Michigan home? – has won a Bay City woman and her family some fabulous prizes and put the Great Lakes state in the spotlight.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110419/MM85741LOGO)

Today, Pure Michigan, Art Van Furniture, the Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) announced that Kimberly Baba of Bay City and her family have won the MIplace Sweepstakes, a promotion encouraging the citizens of Michigan to tell the world at facebook.com/MIplace2012 why we choose Michigan as our place to live, work, play and share the dream of homeownership. A press conference to announce the winner was held this morning at the Bay County Government Building in downtown Bay City.

ABC 12 - Bay City, MI

Kimberly Baba won the "Why I Choose Michigan" sweepstakes, sponsored by MSHDA, Art Van Furniture, and the Michigan Association of Realtors, which encouraged Michigan residents to tell the world why the choose Michigan as their place to live, work, play, and share the dream of homeownership.

The South End - Detroit, MI

After a seven-year hiatus, the country’s oldest — 108 years old, to be exact — operating aquarium has reopened to the public. The Belle Isle Aquarium celebrated its grand opening Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Designed by Albert Kahn in 1904, the aquarium and conservatory had been dubbed “the finest buildings of their kind,” according to a Belle Isle press release. Due to budget constraints, however, the aquarium was shut down in 2005.

Click on Detroit - Detroit, MI

After closing in 2005, the Belle Isle Aquarium is set to reopen on a limited basis.

Mayor Dave Bing will cut a ribbon officially announcing the reopening of Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium Friday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Aquarium.

The Aquarium will then be open to the public every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Detroit Free Press - Detroit, MI

Detroit is getting its aquarium back.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., the volunteer-run Belle Isle Aquarium will officially reopen, seven years after budget cuts forced the city to close the massive fishbowl. The aquarium will be free and open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For organizers Jennifer Boardman and Vance Patrick of the Belle Isle Conservancy, and fish curator Gary Balduc, Saturday’s grand opening is the culmination of several years of work, including a final six-month push to bring the aquarium back to life. A one-day event in February saw 4,000 visitors brave the brisk air to see the green-tiled, tube-shaped aquarium that was the country’s oldest continuously operating aquarium when it closed in April 2005. The event raised about $4,000.

Crains Detroit Business - Detroit, MI

Suburban and urban dwellers will meet to experience living in the city at the sixth annual Crain's Detroit House Party Sept. 20.

A collaboration between Crain's Detroit Business and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. with guests attending cocktail parties at Detroit's finest historic homes, lofts, condominiums and apartments.

The Detroit Free Press - Detroit, MI

The construction of more than 100 new housing units could be bringing to a close a 44-year-old discrimination lawsuit involving Hamtramck, a Metro Detroit destination for generations of immigrants, hipsters and ethnic food fans.

The 104 homes of 1,500 to 1,850 square feet are appraised at $70,000, and about 35 of them have been completed, said Jason Friedmann, community and economic development spokesman for the city of Hamtramck.

The Milan News-Leader - Milan, MI

The city has been working with Snyder on securing funding for the project. They have been in talks with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Michigan Economic Development Cooperation, the federal Department of the Interior and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Those agencies are looking for local support before committing funding to the project, city officials say.

The Times Herald - Port Huron, MI

Two agencies in St. Clair and Sanilac counties will have more money to help the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless thanks to a one-time grant.

Blue Water Safe Horizons in Port Huron has received $105,134 in grant funding and the Blue Water Center for Independent Living has received $89,599 in grant funding.

CBS Detroit - Hamtramck, MI

HAMTRAMCK (WWJ) – Hamtramck hasn’t been allowed to sell city-owned homes in four decades — but that will change this year. City leaders and administrators with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority on Monday will announce a new $50 million housing development near Mitchell and Caniff Streets.

About 100 homes will be built with the support of more than $14 million in federal funds.

Daily Press - Escanaba, MI

ESCANABA - Representatives from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority visited Escanaba Friday to announce a new partnership with clergy and other members of the faith community aimed at combating home foreclosures.

Michigan's Hardest-Hit Fund, which operates under the name "Step Forward Michigan," has been offering free programs to help homeowners since 2010. However, many Michigan residents who need and qualify for assistance are not coming forward.

EXExtra.com - Menominee, MI

MENOMINEE - For a testament of the positive things that can happen when the public and private sector work together, look no further than what is about to happen to Menominee's biggest eyesore - the FNT/Lloyd Building. The crumbling, dilapidated structure will undergo a major transformation in a few short months - a transformation to a 44-unit apartment complex that promises to add even more vitality to Menominee's already bustling downtown district.

The fantastic news was announced Thursday afternoon, when representatives from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and Ohio-based Woda Group, a top-five national housing development firm, gathered in Menominee to celebrate the finalization of project that has been years in the making.

Mining Gazette - Calumet, MI

CALUMET - Many building owners in Calumet take advantage of loans and grants from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Thursday the director of the agency toured some of the buildings benefitting from that funding.

M Live - Bay City, MI

BAY CITY, MI — Bay City's housing market is improving, at least according to the latest data from the National Association of Home Builders.

The group's most recent index of improving housing markets includes that of Bay City, which has experienced at least six months of sustained improvement n building permits, prices and employment in the industry.

AHF Magazine - Detroit, MI

The $33.1 million project was developed by the Detroit Housing Commission and Unified Property Group.

Financing for the project was provided by AEGON USA Realty Advisors, JPMorgan Chase, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Detroit Housing Commission, the Detroit Department of Public Works, and the Detroit Planning and Development Department.

Detroit Free Press - Detroit, MI

One car’s trash is another man’s coat.

Excess material from the production of two General Motors vehicles was donated to a Detroit nonprofit called Empowerment Plan, which is using the material to make coats that turn into sleeping bags for the homeless.

The material, a special sound-absorbent called Sonozorb, is stuffed into door cavities and other parts of the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Verano.

August 2012

Michigan Radio - Detroit, MI

Aundra Wallace heads the Detroit Land Bank Authority, which is running a pilot project to rehab and sell some abandoned homes. They own more than 30 homes in Boston-Edison alone, and are rehabbing 13 right now.

Wallace says their goal is simple: hook a few interested buyers with incentives, use Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to refurbish the homes—and then get out.

M Live - Leslie, MI

LESLIE – Four new upstairs apartments on S. Main Street that were completed with the city of Leslie's Downtown Rental Rehabilitation Grant were on display Tuesday afternoon.

The open house was held in partnership with property owners Chris and Nanette Fuller, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Ingham County Housing Commission. About 40 people, including many city officials, attended.

Street Insider.com - Detroit, MI

The town hall discussed the development of Emerald Springs and what it symbolizes for the city of Detroit. Town hall panelists included:

Kelley Lyons – Interim Executive Director of the Detroit Housing Commission
Robert Anderson – Director of Planning & Development for the City of Detroit
Harvey Hollins – Director of Urban Initiatives for the State of Michigan
Gary Heidel – Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)

Holland Sentinel.com - Holland, MI

◦Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) - MSHDA offers special mortgage assistance for homeowners who may lose their home.

Morning Sun - Alma, MI

The public’s invited to take a look at four new downtown loft apartments in Alma at an open house planned for Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

MI.gov - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich. ‒ Michigan residents at risk of losing their homes due to faulty foreclosure processes and poor servicing of mortgages will get financial relief under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

House Bill 5015, sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Moss, provides $97.2 million in supplemental funds from a national mortgage settlement to the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. Michigan's share of the settlement will go to the Homeowner Protection Fund established in Senate Bill 1160, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson, which Snyder also signed. The measures are now Public Acts 296 and 295 of 2012.

July 2012

Market Watch - Lansing, MI

In his continuing efforts to reinvent Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder approved the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's (MSHDA) Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) giving his stamp of approval to the completely overhauled plan for developers and investors using the federal Housing Tax Credit program in Michigan just in time for the application deadline of August 15, 2012. The Housing Tax Credit program has been touted as the most successful affordable housing production and preservation tool in U.S history.

M Live - Paw Paw, MI

The Michigan State Housing and Development Authority recently allocated $172,000 of its revenue for emergency housing assistance for migrant workers. They can receive a one-time payment of up to $400 to cover rent either at a migrant camp or other rental property to tide them over until late summer vegetables and apples are ready to pick.

Midland Daily News - Lansing, MI

State Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, is inviting constituents to enter the MIplace Sweepstakes, a promotion that provides residents of Michigan a chance to win free prizes and tell the world why they choose the state as their place to live.

Moolenaar has gotten into the spirit of the contest by posting a video at http://www.miplace.org/your-stories in which he touts one of his favorite Michigan pastimes: Enjoying the great outdoors.

The Sacramento Bee - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his continuing efforts to reinvent Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder approved the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's (MSHDA) Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) giving his stamp of approval to the completely overhauled plan for developers and investors using the federal Housing Tax Credit program in Michigan just in time for the application deadline of August 15, 2012. The Housing Tax Credit program has been touted as the most successful affordable housing production and preservation tool in U.S history.

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M Live - Grand Rapids, MI

The sponsors, which also include the Michigan Association of Realtors and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, hope the contest leads to economic development through “placemaking” that builds communities through people’s interests.

The Detroit News - Detroit, MI

Agencies involved would be the Michigan State Police, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Department of Human Services, Wurfel told the Associated Press.

Snyder vowed to clean up Detroit and other Michigan cities with high crime rates in a March special message to the Legislature on public safety. He noted four Michigan communities — Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw — are on the Top 10 list of the nation's most violent cities.

Mortgage Servicing News - Lansing, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority made revisions at the beginning of this month to the state’s hardest hit funds programs to help underemployed homeowners who are having difficulty making their mortgage payments avoid foreclosure.

The Street - Lansing, MI

Huntington Bank has originated more than $1.5 billion in loans to businesses around Michigan in the first year of a four-year, $2 billion program, the bank’s Michigan leaders announced today. The loans have aided more than 2,500 Michigan businesses.

June 2012

Detroit Free Press - Detroit, MI

Here's where the funding stands:
• In 2010, HUD awarded $223 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 funds to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), which distributed $42 million to both the City of Detroit and the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority.

Bay City News - Bay City, MI

BAY CITY, MI — Bay City will receive more than $75,000 in urban planning assistance to chart its future, and residents are invited to offer their input.

The Michigan Association of Planning chose the city to receive a service grant valued between $75,000 and $100,000, funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Bay City planners, other city staff, appointed and elected officials, and community leaders work one on one with nationally renowned urban planning experts over the next year to study the community's assets, make recommendations to ongoing planning and development efforts, and further improve them.

Michigan Radio.com - Ann Arbor, MI

She said, “It’s not a place for people to live. People don’t choose to live in tents, they are forced to go. I think that folks think they have a little bit more control of their lives because they’re there, but they don’t have running water, they don't have facilities, and in many respects they are isolated from the rest of us.”

Harrison said at least 33 campers signed up to be placed in temporary or permanent housing. But not everyone is pleased.

Mining Gazette - Hancock, MI

The funding is for a total of 17 units at $35,000 per unit, Anderson said. One of the other buildings being considered for rental units is the former Gartners department store on Quincy Street.

Council members approved the amendment to the existing MSHDA grant agreement to get the extra $595,000.

The Saline Reporter - Saline, MI

Saline, recently selected as the 17th Michigan Main Street Community, has named Kelly Idzikowski the first Main Street manager.

Responsible for coordinating downtown revitalization activities, promoting public awareness of the organization and acting as a liaison to other government and community organizations, Idzikowski started on June 1.

South Bend Tribune - Lansing, MI

LANSING -- A new contest is asking Michigan residents why they choose to call the state home.

Officials announced this week that the MIplace Sweepstakes will encourage people to discuss why Michigan is the place where they live, work and play.

The state's "Pure Michigan" tourism ad campaign, Art Van Furniture, the Michigan Association of Realtors and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority are involved

M Live - Portage, MI

PORTAGE, MI — A $16 million investment and cooperation between a private company and government will be toasted on Friday in Portage.

M Live - Flint, MI

FLINT, MI -- Four newly renovated homes in the city will be on display during a Saturday home tour and boosters say buyers can become home owners for as little as $1,000 down.

The Genesee County Land Bank tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Click on Detroit - Detroit, MI

One week after kicking off, the MIplace Sweepstakes has already drawn nearly 500 Facebook fans, many submitting testimonials about what's good in the Great Lakes State.

Many of the testimonials tout Michigan’s most iconic places and attractions, such as Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and our numerous lake shore vistas.
Others submitted during the past week highlight the uniquely Michigan pleasure of attending fairs and festivals that celebrate our state’s fruit, cheese, beer, wine, music, the arts, holidays, seasons, cultures, industries, hobbies, geography and history. Examples range from the Upper Peninsula’s Humongous Fungus Festival in Crystal Falls to the Mushroom Festival in Mesick to the FishFly Festival in New Baltimore, among many others.

Michigan Radio - Ann Arbor, MI

Sally Harrison is with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). She says this effort is part of a broader initiative to end homelessness in Michigan by 2017.

"For some people who can get into apartments and housing immediately, we will do that immediately, because we have rental assistance available," says Harrison.

May 2012

Livingston Daily - Howell, MI

In Howell, she plans to put her lengthy list of skills to work, applying for Michigan State Housing Development Authority grants, bringing back the Friends of Howell campaign, continuing the city's public art initiative and potentially pursuing "rental rehabilitation" within the city.

That's in addition to managing the DDA's existing to-do list, which includes the maintenance of city flowerbeds and sidewalk furnishings, and running an expanded Howell Melon Festival.

Upper Michigan's Source - Houghton, MI

HOUGHTON -- The Western U.P. Planning and Development Regional Commission (WUPPDR) wants to help up to six first-time homebuyers in the Keweenaw. If you live in the Houghton-Hancock area or if you are planning on moving there, you may qualify for the program.

According WUPPDR, the rehabilitation and down payment assistance comes in the form of a Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) loan that is forgivable after five or ten years depending on the amount borrowed.

Fox 2 - Detroit, MI

The new MIplace Sweepstakes encourages people who live here to log onto Facebook and share why.

Anyone who does, automatically receives an Art Van Gift card and a shot at a $3,000 shopping spree at the furniture store.

"As one of our state's oldest and largest Michigan-based retailers, Art Van Furniture is honored to join with Michigan's Realtors and state housing development leaders in promoting the MIplace Sweepstakes," said Diane Charles, director of corporate communications for Art Van Furniture.

City Pulse - Lansing, MI

For over 20 years, Muylle has been restoring modest old houses like this 1915 two-story bungalow at 141 Leslie St. He has gutted and restored a dozen houses in this pocket neighborhood, including his own, a crack house turned craftsman’s showcase. Last year, he finished rehabbing the house next door to the Leslie Street house, its virtual twin. A blatant idyll was already in progress there Friday afternoon: A renter sat on a porch swing, reading from the latest issue of The New Yorker aloud to a friend.

City Pulse - Old Town Lansing, MI

The city of Lansing agreed to furnish $142,000 for lead and asbestos cleanup. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority, or MSHDA, agreed to match that with another $142,000. The city and state contributions both came from 2010 federal stimulus money. A nonprofit partner, the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, joined the team to qualify the project for the state money, which would go toward converting the second floor into low-income housing.

CBS Detroit - Lansing, MI

LANSING (WWJ) - A new report shows the number of Michigan residents who were homeless in 2011 was lower than the year before.

The report, presented by leaders of Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness, shows that there were 6,143 fewer Michigan residents who were homeless for any part of 2011 than who were homeless during 2010.

The Sacramento Bee - Lansing, MI

Today, the leaders of Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness announced there were 6,143 fewer Michigan residents who were homeless for any part of 2011 than who were homeless during 2010. The Campaign focuses on preventing homelessness or, when that's not possible, quickly finding housing solutions, while addressing the issues that led to the individual's or family's housing crisis.

1450 WHTC - Lansing, MI

There are fewer homeless people in Michigan, with their numbers falling by over 64-hundred from 2010 to 2011. A spokesperson for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority says while it remains a problem, the hard work of several agencies is paying off. Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness started in 2006 to "ensure safe and stable housing for all state residents."

WNEM.COM - Saginaw, MI

LANSING, MI (WNEM) - The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has announced $125,000 in funding for rental rehabilitation to units in Oscoda. The funding is available through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and will be administered by MSHDA's Community Development division.

"The pride of Michigan is represented by each of our communities," said Gary Heidel, executive director of MSHDA. "The funding provided through these grants will allow communities like Oscoda to grow

Yahoo News - Lansing, MI

LANSING, Mich., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the leaders of Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness announced there were 6,143 fewer Michigan residents who were homeless for any part of 2011 than who were homeless during 2010. The Campaign focuses on preventing homelessness or, when that's not possible, quickly finding housing solutions, while addressing the issues that led to the individual's or family's housing crisis.

PR Newswire - Lansing, MI

A total of 94,033 people were homeless in Michigan sometime in 2011, according to data compiled by the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. That was down from 100,176 in 2010. All of the figures are from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is used in communities across Michigan to track the numbers of homeless individuals and the services that they receive. HMIS was developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for nationwide use.

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Model D - Detroit, MI

This program is supported by the Racial Equity Initiative of The HOPE Fund. The Model D Speaker Series is presented by MSHDA.

Market Watch - Lansing, MI

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitment to the preservation of Michigan's unique character and the many cultural resources that document Michigan's past.

The Sacramento Bee - Lansing, MI

Who: Lt. Governor Brian Calley Gary Heidel, Executive Director, Michigan State Housing Development Authority Brian Conway, State Historic Preservation Officer Senator Tom Casperson Senator Howard Walker Representative Ed McBroom Representative Greg MacMaster Representative Joan Bauer Representative Mark Meadows

The Chelsea Standard - Chelsea, MI

The workshop is funded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan Historic Preservation Office and coordinated by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Preservation Chelsea.

Click on Detroit 4 - Detroit, MI

Michigan's Attorney General says you can call the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for free local assistance with foreclosure issues at 866-946-743.

April 2012

MLive - Muskegon, MI

Happening place: Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, made sure Muskegon was on the radar of the new director of the Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, Harvey Hollins last week. Traditionally, a Detroit-centric operation, the new office is broader based under Gov. Rick Snyder with satellites in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Flint.

Journal of Tax Credits - Lansing, MI

The six state housing finance agencies (HFAs) that are participating in a year-long physical inspection pilot program are spending more time coordinating their efforts with federal agencies than preparing for site visits of their own. HFAs in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin signed agreements in November to work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) to implement the pilot program, which tests the feasibility of reducing physical inspections of mixed-finance properties. Since that time, the HFAs have worked closely with HUD and RD to finalize their inspection processes and schedules, and are ready to begin cutting overlapping inspections for certain properties as soon as this spring.

MLive - Muskegon, MI

Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity brought together a collection of “winners” Wednesday morning as rehabilitation of its 97th home project began at 2055 Beidler.

Michigan Banker - Lansing, MI

Neighborhoods, cities, regions and states across America are taking notice of how important “place” is in the economic development equation. Michigan is no exception. To revitalize Michigan, we must examine our state through a new lens, taking into account the types of places where New Economy workers, entrepreneurs and businesses want to locate, invest and expand.

MLive - Flint, MI

"As an example, we know that MSHDA (the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority) and HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Authority) are all involved in projects in the Flint area," said Larkin. "By brining all the resources and projects together in one plan, many can move ahead more efficiently."

Model D - Detroit, MI

To revitalize Michigan we must examine our state through a new lens, taking into account the types of places where New Economy workers, entrepreneurs and businesses want to locate, invest and expand. This approach is commonly described as a "sense of place" or just "placemaking." It’s a simple concept really, based on a single principle -- talented and young people settle in places that offer the amenities, social and professional networks, resources and opportunities to support thriving lifestyles. Michigan can attract and retain talent-based workers by focusing on how best to utilize our regional communities' unique placemaking assets such as squares, plazas, parks, streets, green spaces and waterfronts.

March 2012

Wall Street Journal - Grand Rapids, MI

Huntington Bank HBAN -2.38% today announced it is committing $100 million to Michigan affordable rental housing through 2015 through dedicated investments and financing. It is the biggest one-time affordable housing commitment ever in the state.

MLive - Grand Rapids, MI

Huntington Bank officials today announced they are committed to investing $100 million in affordable housing projects through Michigan over the next three years.

MLive - Grand Rapids, MI

How does a bank get politicians to sing its praises these days? If you’re Huntington Bank, you commit $100 million worth of investment towards low income rental housing in Michigan over the next three years.

MSN Money - Grand Rapids, MI

Huntington Bank (NASDAQ: HBAN; www.huntington.com) today announced it is committing $100 million to Michigan affordable rental housing through 2015 through dedicated investments and financing. It is the biggest one-time affordable housing commitment ever in the state.

The Oakland Press - Oakland, MI

Topics covered by a HUD/MSHDA certified housing counselor include loan modification programs, alternatives to foreclosure, Michigan's foreclosure law, Michigan's Hardest Hit Program and how to find assistance when you need it.

Capital Gains - Lansing, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan Municipal League understand that civic engagement is a key part of having vibrant communities. That’s why MSHDA and the League co-sponsor "The Prosperity Agenda" that airs at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month on News/Talk 760 WJR. We are proud to announce "The Prosperity Agenda" has won a 2011 MarCom Award for broadcast excellence from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

CBS Detroit - Lansing, MI

The Small Business Foundation of Michigan’s eighth annual Entrepreneurship Score Card finds that Michigan has dramatically improved in the measure called Entrepreneurial Climate, rising to 15th in the nation in 2011 compared to 45th in 2010 among the 50 states. “We are especially pleased to see this improvement in Entrepreneurial Climate, because it’s a key measure of Michigan’s gains in the general business, capital access and technology innovation qualities of our economy,” says Rob Fowler, president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “This is a strong indicator of healthier conditions for future small business and entrepreneurial activity.”

Capital Gains - Lansing, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is serious about community building. A new pilot program demonstrates this commitment with a fun way to bring the concept of communities into elementary school classrooms. MSHDA has announced a new student art contest focusing on the vision of a modern community. The authority has partnered with Bingham Elementary to kick off their pilot program, the MSHDA Community Art Contest.

Saline Patch - Saline, MI

“The 62 people who showed up broke a record,” said Joe Borgstrom, Director of the Downtown and Community Services Division for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, of which Main Street is a part.

WLNS 6 - Lansing, MI

Several organizations in Lansing and Jackson received a portion of those dollars, including Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Community Action Agency, Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., and Franklin Street Community Housing Corporation. The funding will give Michigan households a greater opportunity to find housing or keep their current homes.

Carl Leving - Washington, DC

Seven Michigan housing agencies will receive more than $1.3 million in grants to help provide housing for homeless veterans, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced Tuesday. The grants are part of the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program. The program serves homeless veterans by partnering local housing agencies with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides counseling and other services. The grants announced Tuesday will help provide rental assistance vouchers to veterans in need.

February 2012

Metromode - Pontiac, MI

The $19.8-million project is funded in part by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program through the Michigan Land Bank and also through New Markets tax credits from the Michigan Magnet Fund.

Huffington Post - Detroit, MI

The Department of Human Service originally offered a three-month extension of housing assistance, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will fund an additional three months.

Petoskey News - Petoskey, MI

The home purchase became a reality through Kagabitang’s participation in programs by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, theU.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program and those run by the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency. She enrolled in financial and home management classes, she saved $1,000 over several years and participated in credit counseling.

Holland Sentinel.com - Holland, MI

The coalition conducts a homeless count each January, and it is intended to be a snapshot of how many people in the county are without shelter at a given time. Four of the 13 people counted this January were children, Raymond said. Three were with a parent and one was an unaccompanied teen.

Michigan.gov - Lansing, MI

Beginning today, families affected by cash benefit lifetime limits could qualify for a total of six months housing assistance through a Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) program. Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura D. Corrigan and a MSHDA Executive Director Gary Heidel announced today that MSHDA would provide up to an additional three months rental or mortgage assistance, in addition to the existing three months currently being provided by DHS, for families affected by the cash assistance lifetime limits.

City of Kentwood - Kentwood, MI

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) received money from the federal government in 2010 to develop programs to assist Michigan homeowners with preventing foreclosure. MSHDA developed a website where applications can be taken right online. MSHDA’s program, Step Forward, has three different ways it can assist:

Rapid Growth Media - Grand Rapids, MI

First it was the Green Grand Rapids initiative's Green Pursuits game in 2008 that provided citizen feedback on improving the city's green spaces. Now, following that same successful and fun avenue for collecting data, Grand Rapids city planners have launched Quality of Life, a board game to gather ideas on how the users and residents of Michigan Street would like to see the corridor improved.

Metromode - Pontiac, MI

About 100 abandoned and foreclosed houses in Pontiac are being demolished and replaced with new or renovated homes as part of a major revitalization program organizers say could become a model of local urban renewal. More than 100 homes have been demolished and nearly 20 renovated or rebuilt in the Unity Park district and throughout other parts of the city since May. The goal is to sell a record number of foreclosed homes and restore or replace them with homes featuring amenities that "defy the perception of abandoned homes." Prices range from $45,000 to $75,000 to eligible buyers.

Daily Press - ESCANABA, MI

Fletcher said the application for the 2011-2013 grant is in the process of being written, but will include a statement for "sense of place" mandated by new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority rules.

Crain's Detroit Business - Detroit, MI

Collaborating on the initiative are the city of Detroit, Wayne County, Detroit Public Schools, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Detroit Land Bank Authority and Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corp.

The News Herald - Lansing, MI

Among the summit’s scheduled speakers were Bill Rustem, Snyder’s director of strategy; Dan Wyant, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality director; Mike Kapp, Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Economic Development administrator; Katharine Czarnecki, Michigan Economic Development Corp. manager of community programs; Gary Heidel, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority; Todd Kalish of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; and Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

MLive - Grand Rapids, MI

As redevelopment of a rent-subsidized senior-living center nears completion, demolition and reconstruction of several dozen low-income housing units nearby is poised to start.

January 2012

Ann Arbor Chronicle - Ann Arbor, MI

Possible funding sources include low-income housing tax credits, HOME funding, a Federal Home Loan Bank grant, a 221(d)3 mortgage insurance and loan, Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) bond financing, and a HUD Section 202 or 811 grant.

Mining Gazette - Hancock, MI

Taking the tour with Lahti were Hancock Mayor William Laitila and City Manager Glenn Anderson, representatives of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Daily Press - ESCANABA, MI

City officials were informed last fall of the potential funding by the State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The SHPO grant will pay the costs for Escanaba to apply for a NRHP nomination.

Multi-Housing News - Detroit, MI

Also participating in the development were the Wayne County Continuum of Care-Homeless Coalition, the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the Oakman Boulevard Community Association. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority provided financing for the $3.4 million project...

Detroit Free Press - Detroit, MI

As head of homelessness solutions for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), I encourage everyone to take up the Free Press' call to action. All Michigan children deserve a safe and stable place to live and the opportunity to succeed in school....

MLive - Newaygo, MI

FiveCAP, which works to address poverty in Newaygo, Mason, Lake and Manistee counties, is offering homebuyer classes with funds from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Some people don't think about including the cost of property taxes and home insurance when they calculate what payments they can afford, Leiby said. They also have to realize they'll be responsible for performing maintenance and socking away money in case a major appliance breaks.