Levin announces grants for sustainable, affordable housing and development policies


Funds Awarded to Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Washtenaw, Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties

WASHINGTON, DC – November 23, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Federal grants will help four regions across Michigan develop sustainable and affordable housing and development policies, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced this week.

The grants, from the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, will help local and regional initiatives create strong and sustainable communities, connect housing to jobs and promote energy efficiency.

“This federal assistance will make a real difference in the lives of thousands of Michiganians by helping local communities connect housing and economic development policies,” Levin said. “Funding will help develop affordable housing options, ensure that development policies mesh with job-creation plans, and reduce the dependence on fossil fuels that harms our economy, environment and national security.”

The grants will go to:

  •  Washtenaw County, awarded $3 million for the Washtenaw County Sustainable Community project. The project will seek to coordinate housing, transportation and energy efficiency policies along the Washtenaw Avenue corridor connecting Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Goals include increasing affordable housing options along the corridor and enhancing transportation options to job centers.
  • The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties, awarded $3 million to create the Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability. The program will build on existing regional planning efforts to improve coordination on housing, transportation, infrastructure, development and environmental policies.
  • The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, the regional planning agency for 10 counties headquartered in Traverse City, awarded $660,000 to develop the Grand Vision to Grand Action: Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. The plan will improve regional coordination to integrate housing, transportation, economic development and environmental policies.
  • The City of Grand Rapids, awarded $459,224 for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan, which will coordinate transportation, development, housing and environmental policies along one of the city’s most important corridors.

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