Nearly $55 Million is Allocated to Enhance Public Housing in Michigan
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated nearly $3.16 billion to 2,770 public housing authorities across the country, with Michigan receiving $54.7 million of the funds. The money will be used to make upgrades in public housing for families and individuals who are low-income, with the aim of ensuring that these homes are safe, decent, and secure. According to the latest data from HUD, nearly 30,000 people in Michigan live in public housing, with approximately half being elderly or disabled residents.
HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge stated that the investment was aimed at providing a decent home in a safe community for families and seniors in public housing, noting that this should not be too much to ask for. The funding will be distributed to all 107 public housing authorities in Michigan, including the Detroit Housing Commission, which received $12.3 million, the Flint Housing Commission, which received $3.6 million, the Jackson Housing Commission, which received $1.3 million, the Muskegon Heights Housing Commission, which received $1.1 million and the Saginaw Housing Commission, which received $1.6 million.
A full list of local grants can be seen on the HUD website. HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Diane Shelley said grants will “build, renovate and modernize” the public housing stock to “ensure low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities have safe, decent, and secure homes.”
According to HUD, housing authorities can use the funding to make improvements like replacing roofs, making energy-efficient upgrades to heating systems and installing water conservation measures. This investment in public housing is crucial for Michigan, where many families and individuals struggle to find affordable housing. The funding will help to alleviate some of the burden faced by these vulnerable communities, providing them with access to homes that meet their basic needs.
The allocation of these funds is an important step towards creating a more equitable and just society, where everyone has access to safe and affordable housing.