LPI and MHA Partner on Blight Elimination Study

The Michigan Step Forward program has allocated some of the State's Hardest Hit Funds from the U.S. Treasury Department toward the Blight Elimination program.

The Michigan Step Forward program, administered by the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation (MHA) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), has allocated some of the State’s Hardest Hit Funds from the U.S. Treasury Department toward the Blight Elimination program. The focus of the program is on eliminating the surplus of blighted single-family homes that have distressed communities for several years, with a goal of stabilizing neighborhoods and making the first step toward improving the quality of life in these neighborhoods and communities.

The MSU Land Policy Institute will be working with MHA to gather and analyze information about the economic and social impacts of the Blight Elimination program in the 16 Michigan cities where funds will be spent, including Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac, Saginaw, Lansing, Jackson, Highland Park, Inkster, Ecorse, Muskegon Heights, River Rouge, Port Huron, Hamtramck, Ironwood and Adrian. Through this project, LPI and MSU Remote Sensing & GIS will be collecting and mapping data on vacancy, foreclosure, foreclosure assistance and crime in these cities and neighborhoods that have been targeted for blight removal. In addition, LPI will be conducting a property price analysis to investigate the impact of blight and its removal on surrounding properties, as well as a survey of residents to assess their perceptions of how blight removal and property reuse will affect their neighborhoods and communities.

For more information about this project, please contact Mary Beth Graebert at lakemary@msu.edu or call (517) 355-3378.

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