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A dozen Michigan cities will share millions in anti-blight funds

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The state of Michigan is handing out $75 million to helpa dozen cities deal with blighted homes.    $50 million is going to Detroit.

Mary Townley is with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.    She says the federal grant dollars are intended to remove dilapidated homes and help neighborhoods.

“It’s just one more form of assistance for Michigan residents that have been struggling for a long, long time,” says Townley. 

Other communities getting money include Lansing, Jackson and Muskegon Heights. 

Previous blight grants have been used in several other Michigan cities, including Flint and Saginaw. 

“This is another important step in Michigan’s comeback, which has become a national example for what can be accomplished when federal, state and city partners work together with a shared vision to solve a problem,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a written statement. “As a result of this collaboration, these cities will be better places to live, work, play and invest.”

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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