Ishpeming and Marquette County Land Bank awarded $250,000 for blight elimination
The Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation recently announced more than $11.7 million in blight elimination grants to 10 cities and counties across Michigan.
“There is a great need for this type of support at the local level,” said Mary Townley, MHA vice president and MSHDA Homeownership director. “No one received the full amount requested, but by carefully reviewing the grant applications we were able to make informed decisions that stretched the funding we had to allocate to do the most good.”
The City of Ishpeming, in partnership with the Marquette County Land Bank Authority, is continuing their investment into the community by alleviating blight to improve neighborhoods with its $250,000 grant. Local officials say this will increase property values within the neighborhoods and encourage homeownership.
“The City of Ishpeming has been an excellent partner in our effort to reduce the impact blight has had in key neighborhoods,” said Anne Giroux, County Treasurer and Chair of the Marquette County Land Bank Authority. “These funds will further assist us in our efforts to remove blighted residential structures that have deteriorated beyond repair. We couldn’t be happier about this opportunity to work together to improve values and make neighborhoods safer throughout the city.”