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
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Veteran journalist and communications specialist Katie Bach has joined the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) as media affairs manager.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
◦Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) - MSHDA offers special mortgage assistance for homeowners who may lose their home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
PORTAGE, MI — A $16 million investment and cooperation between a private company and government will be toasted on Friday in Portage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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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This program is supported by the Racial Equity Initiative of The HOPE Fund. The Model D Speaker Series is presented by MSHDA.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity brought together a collection of “winners” Wednesday morning as rehabilitation of its 97th home project began at 2055 Beidler.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Huntington Bank officials today announced they are committed to investing $100 million in affordable housing projects through Michigan over the next three years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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....
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.