The City has been awarded a $75,000 Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) grant through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The purpose of this grant is to boost neighborhood aesthetics, improve property values, and enhance safety and quality of life for residents. The City has also contributed $45,000 to this program, resulting in a total of $120,000 available for home exterior projects.
Since the program’s inception in 2020; 27 household improvement projects, totaling $233,511.41, have been completed. Finished projects include roof repairs, porch and deck replacements, as well as window and door installations.
Project selection criteria includes:
- Homes must be located within the boundaries of Pickard, Bradley High and Mission Street.
- Single-family, owner-occupied homes whose taxes are up to date.
- Exterior projects only.
- Household income at or below 120% median income.
- No outstanding code violations.
- No prior tax foreclosure on property within the city limits.
- Properties who were awarded funds in 2022 are not eligible.
- Minimum funding for a project is $1,000.
- City funding, increasing the project cost to $10,000 or above, will require the homeowner to make a $250 contribution, or file a lien.
Deadline for homeowners to apply is April 25, 2023. Grant funding applications can be found at