Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 4:58
Subject: HUD grant for Benton
Granholm Applauds $15.9 Million Federal Grant to Benton
– Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today applauded the announcement
of a $15.9 million federal HOPE VI grant to the City of Benton Harbor for the
development of new housing in the city. These funds will be used to
replace dilapidated barrack-style public housing with new single-family
housing. The community is hopeful that this new housing will help to spur
additional development projects around the HOPE area.
“This is blockbuster news for Benton Harbor,” said
Granholm. “This money is another sign of the revitalization of
Benton Harbor. I believe that the city has turned the corner, from the
despair of last summer to the gleaming hope of a bright future.”
Granholm praised Congressman Fred Upton’s diligent work in
securing the grant for the city and underscored the collaborative way in which
it was achieved.
“The people of this community, and this state, are lucky to have
such a passionate advocate in Fred Upton,” said Granholm. “I
know I speak for my administration and for all of Benton Harbor when I say we
are thankful for his diligent work in fighting for this money.”
The Governor also thanked all of the people who worked closely with her
office in the successful effort to secure this federal grant, including the
City of Benton Harbor, the Benton Harbor Housing Commission, Cornerstone
Alliance, CWCC, Citizens for Progressive Change, and the Michigan State Housing
The HOPE VI grant application/project was a top priority of the Citizens
for Progressive Change, the group established by the Governor's task force in
the wake of last summer's disturbance.
“This was a shining example of a strong collaborative process and
illustrated the tremendous impact it can have when leaders from the local,
state, and federal levels come together for the betterment of the Benton Harbor
community,” said Granholm.
The new housing that will be financed by this grant is just one of a
number of recent projects that have come in the wake of the Governor’s
task force report on the future of Benton Harbor. Other recent redevelopment
projects in the city include:
The redevelopment of Main Street, including the opening of a new office complex
for the Whirlpool Corporation, and the construction of the new Michigan Works
office which will be a one-stop shop workforce development center.
A $1.5 million dollar grant to assist in the construction of the Harbor Town
The Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) has committed to build a minimum of 32 new
homes in the city (which will be adjacent to the HOPE VI development).
The Belleview-Brunson Development project that will involve 48 new
single-family homes which will overlook Hull Park adjacent to the HOPE VI/JCWP
The award of the federal grant will also trigger the award of over $20 million
in tax credit funds from MSDHA for new housing.