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State will use federal housing grant to tear down buildings

Apr 4, 2016

Credit (photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The state has a $75 million federal grant to help people struggling with their home loans. But it will use the lion’s share of it to tear down abandoned structures in Detroit and 

Kevin Elsenheimer is the director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. He says that should improve the quality of life and property values in those cities. Elsenheimer says this money is mostly going to Detroit and Flint because they have the most abandoned 

“Some of these dollars, the prior dollars that we’ve received have wound up in Muskegon, have wound up in Grand Rapids, and have wound up in Iron Mountain," said Elsenheimer. "So the money’s been used all over the state, but the largest area of need is the city of Detroit and city of Flint.”

Elsenheimer says a quarter of the money will be set aside to help people who are behind on their mortgages and face foreclosure.