The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) awarded more than $1.8 million in Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) grants to 43 local governments and nonprofit groups across Michigan to launch projects directly tied to improving and stabilizing communities. Projects will focus mainly on housing repairs and upgrades while some also will include neighborhood public amenity enhancements.
“As MSHDA works to support the improvement and stabilization of Michigan’s neighborhoods, we are pleased to award this latest round of grants to local groups across the state as they help their communities through the completion of high-impact projects aimed at improving the quality of life for residents,” said Tonya Young, Neighborhood Enhancement Team manager.
During this sixth round of issuing NEP grants, MSHDA allocated funds to 21 nonprofit agencies and 22 local units of government serving rural communities and urban neighborhoods. To become a grantee, organizations had to show a level of need and demonstrate that the proposed project will make a noticeable difference in the community and/or serve as a catalyst to promote neighborhood stability.
The City of Beaverton was one of the recipients of these grants, and will receive a grant amount of $39,600.
Residents should start noticing activity related to the grants in their communities this summer or fall and the projects should be complete by the end of this year. The goal of this funding is to help-and eventually showcase-model Michigan neighborhoods where residents are taking the lead in facilitating change.