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Up to a half dozen White Cloud homes will be getting exterior improvements through a Center for Nonprofit Housing collaboration with the City of White Cloud under a Michigan State Housing Development Authority program.

The Center for Nonprofit Housing (CNH), a TrueNorth community service, has been awarded a $50,000 Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) for the effort.

“We are engaging with people to make improvements to their homes. It’s part of our commitment to serving White Cloud,” said Brad Hinken, Health and Community Solutions Division Director for TrueNorth Community Services. “This is about bettering the community and its quality of life while helping White Cloud meet its needs.”

The single-family home projects are being done within a 10-block residential area and must be completed by year’s end.

“Home improvement –  especially exterior improvement –  is contagious. Once one or two people take on the task of fixing up their homes, other neighbors are more likely to follow suit,” said Gary Heidel, Acting Executive Director at MSHDA. “We hope this grant will help White Cloud homeowners who are most in need of home improvement support and inspire more projects in the neighborhood.”

White Cloud is among 37 Michigan communities getting $1.4 million in NEP funds through local nonprofit groups and governments. The MSHDA program requires aligning with one or more of three core components: housing enhancements, neighborhood beautification, and/or neighborhood public amenity enhancements.

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