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MSHDA awards New Development Corporation $50,000 for energy efficient home repairs

Officials from New Development Corporation receive $50,000 from MSHDA on Thursday.
Daniel Boothe
Officials from New Development Corporation receive $50,000 from MSHDA on Thursday.

Local non-profit to use funds in city's Creston neighborhood.

Officials from The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Thursday awarded a $50,000 grant to local non-profit, New Development Corporation… that the organization says it will use the money to make energy efficient home repairs.

The money comes after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the Building Michigan together Plan into law last month.

The plan, which included some of the largest infrastructure investments in Michigan history, sent $50 million to MSHDA to help expand its Neighborhood Enhancement Program.

Tuesday, MSHDA visited Grand Rapids awarding $50,000 of funding to local Grand Rapids non-profit New Development Corporation to assist with energy efficient home repairs in the city’s Creston neighborhood.

New Development Corporation Executive Director Helen Lehman says, the grant and the energy efficiency incentives to come are not just a want, but a need in Grand Rapids.

“These grants help improve the overall housing affordability for the residents we serve,” she said. “Many of our families are on fixed incomes and without this assistance, they would hae to put off much -need repairs.”

Lehman says, the New Development Corporation is scheduled to complete interiorior and exterior enhancements of nine homeowner occupied single family units by December 31st this year, but with $50 million dollars up for grabs in grant money, her organization will be requesting much more than initial $50 grand it received on Thursday.

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