Federal funds set for low-income housing project

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — Absent any complications city officials expect at least one single-family home, perhaps two, will begin construction in spring 2015 thanks to a federal low-income housing grant.

The city received one proposal for the funds — the final amount to be determined — from Habitat For Humanity Detroit by the time sealed bids were to be opened Wednesday. City Assistant Director for Community Planning and Development Doreen Christian said that Habitat For Humanity had submitted the lone proposal, which is expected to be awarded in January.

“If they meet the criteria — and they’ve done this before — the bid will be awarded January 21,” Christian said.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program provides formula grants for local nonprofit groups to buy, build or rehabilitate affordable housing.

“We are proposing to build single-family housing in Lincoln Park to people who meet the criteria,” Christian said.

The Detroit-based Habitat for Humanity will use the federal funds along with money received from other sources to make available one, perhaps two, homes for low-income families.

Christian said city officials were reviewing the proposal and expect to confirm qualification early in January before final approval, and that construction is expected to begin in spring.

HOME is the largest federal block grant available to local governments which provides housing assistance to low-income residents. Each year the program allocates approximately $2 billion nationwide.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)