The city of Three Rivers is getting a bit of a financial boost thanks to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The MSHDA awarded a combined total of $1.4 million to several communities for projects with the support of Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) grants.
The city will receive an award of $50,000 that will be used for homeowner housing enhancements. The housing enhancements will be defined as exterior improvements that are visible and tangible in nature. The city will utilize $140,146 in matching dollars for site clearance/rubbish removal. The neighborhood consists of 50 homes and the assisted homes are yet to be defined.
NEP grants require that the projects and activities align with one or more of three core components, including: housing enhancements; neighborhood beautification; and/or neighborhood public amenity enhancements. Funded projects should be completed by the end of the year and make a noticeable difference within the community.
The goal of the funding is to help and eventually showcase model Michigan neighborhoods where residents are engaged and facilitating change. A total of 37 NEP grants were given across Michigan.
Locally, the city of Bronson ($40,000); city of Dowagiac ($50,000); village of Cassopolis ($30,000) and the village of Colon ($9,500) were also awarded NEP grants.