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Fifteen Michigan communities will benefit from $670,084 in Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) grants this summer that will generate high-impact projects directly tied to stabilizing and improving the local area, including TrueNorth Community Services for the City of White Cloud.

“We want to support innovative, community-driven ideas that address specific needs in every corner of the state,” said Acting Executive Director Gary Heidel. “The majority of the projects are geared toward single-family home enhancements that improve the quality of life for people living in these neighborhoods.”

For White Cloud, TrueNorth was awarded a $46,000 grant to provide housing enhancements for up to six homes in a 10-block residential area.

NEP grants require that the projects and activities align with one or more of five core components: housing enhancements, affordable homeownership opportunity (HPR), homeowner emergency repairs, beautification and neighborhood public amenity enhancements. The funded projects must be completed by the fall and make a noticeable difference within the community.

The goal of these grants is to help – and eventually showcase – model Michigan neighborhoods where residents are engaged and facilitating positive change for their communities.

Other awardees included Bay Area Housing, Community Encompass, the City of Eaton Rapids, GenesisHope, Gogebic Ontonagon Community Action Agency, Habit for Humanity of Oakland, Jefferson East, the City of Laper, LifeBuilders Detroit, the City of Negaunee, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, Wayne County Land Bank and WoodBridge NDC.

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