Michigan lawmakers back bill aiming to help low-income neighborhoods
Several members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are backing a bill that would help neighborhoods rebound from the current financial crisis. The bill, introduced Thursday by Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, is large and sweeping. It would be one of the largest bills aimed at fixing blight and keeping low-income neighborhoods together. “We don’t want to tear down our neighborhoods anymore, we want to invest in them,” Tlaib said. The only GOP official to co-sponsor the bill is also from Michigan, Rep. Fred Upton.
Mott Foundation grants $450,000 to fight blight in Flint, part of ‘Focus on Flint initiative’
The grant to the Land Bank will fund the demolition of about 30 structures, said Executive Director Michael Freeman. “It’s important to hear from Flint residents before deciding which blighted properties to address first,” Freeman said. They then showed with their votes just how important the issue is to them,”Ridgway White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation, said in a statement. Read more:Vacant land leads to rampant illegal dumping in FlintMott Foundation begins $1M ‘Focus on Flint initiative’ with $120,000 to help repair seniors' homesRuth Mott Foundation awards $2.1M in grants for north Flint projects, libraryFlint Public Library gets $16M in grants for renovationsC.S. Mott Foundation donated $106M to help Flint recover from the water crisismlive.com
Proposal N would save 8,000 Detroit homes, demolish 8,000 others if passed in Nov. election
Proposal N -- on the Nov. General Election ballot for Detroit voters -- aims to eradicate blight and dilapidation across the city. Proposal N would allow the city of Detroit to sell $250 million in “Neighborhood Improvement Bonds” that will be used to save 8,000 vacant homes and demolish 8,000 others that can’t be saved. Those behind Proposal N are hoping to make real headway without hurting Detroiters. The fight against Prop N isn’t about money, but rather how the city has previously spent money. Election Day for the U.S. presidential election is on Nov. 3.
Local 4 News at 11 -- Nov. 18, 2019
Heres whats coming up on Local 4 News at 11:Blight bond meetingIt was a packed house for the Detroit City Council public hearing on whether to send a $250 million blight bond request to voters. The meeting started late because there werent enough council members to establish a quorum.