BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, State Rep. Joey Andrews and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) announced a $300,000 grant to the Berrien County Land Bank for energy-efficiency home repairs and upgrades to eligible homeowners. This award aligns with the governor’s new MI Healthy Climate Plan recommendation to upgrade homes to help lower energy costs, as well as with the Southwest Housing Partnership’s goal of increasing funding in the region by 10% for rehabilitation and preservation of existing housing stock.
“Every Michigander deserves a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Today’s MI-HOPE grant will help Michiganders in Berrien County make much-needed home improvements, lower their utility bills, and make their homes more comfortable and efficient. Last night, in my State of the State address, I announced our plan to build or rehabilitate 10,000 homes, expanding the supply of housing to lower costs and create thousands of good-paying jobs. Together, we will ‘build, baby, build’ more housing, lower costs for homeowners, and ensure everyone can make it in Michigan.”
“Making homes more affordable and more energy efficient are two of the ways we’re lowering costs for Michiganders,” said state Rep. Joey Andrews (D-St. Joseph). “I’m proud to help announce this grant, and I want to thank not only Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her commitment to affordable housing, but also to the Berrien County Land Bank for its role in bringing these critical improvements to fruition.”
Around half of Michigan homes were built before 1970, and too many families spend more than half their income on rent or mortgage. Through this grant and other programs, MSHDA is dedicated to bringing down the cost of housing for Michigan families, no matter where they live or whether they rent or buy.
The Michigan Housing Opportunities Promoting Energy-efficiency (MI-HOPE) program from MSHDA provides grants that allow homeowners to make repairs and upgrades that enhance energy efficiency and meet specific health and safety guidelines. Eligible activities include roof repair or replacement, insulation, modification or replacement of heating/cooling systems and more.
“We are moving quickly with solutions like MI-HOPE, which helps homeowners repair and upgrade older homes to make them more efficient, saving them money,” said MSHDA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Amy Hovey. “But we can’t do it alone. We’re grateful to the Berrien County Land Bank for distributing these grant funds to local homeowners for their new windows, doors, insulation, and more.”
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“Last night, I was honored to join the Governor’s State of the State address, and one thing she said that really stuck out to our city were her three B’s on housing: Build, Baby, Build,” said Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad. “Her vision aligns with our plan to attract 10,000 new residents to Benton Harbor by 2040. With developments like today’s and several different housing opportunities, Benton Harbor will be a place where people come from all over to call home.”
Visit MSHDA’s website for a list of contacts in your area and more program details.