Michigan will begin to demolish thousands of homes starting this summer. The state was granted $100 million in federal funds to demolish vacant homes in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw.
The US Treasury approved the proposal yesterday, allowing the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to create a blight elimination program using federal money, available through the Hardest Hit Fund. Governor Snyder says removing the abandoned properties will stabilize and improve neighborhoods. According to a 2010 U.S. Census Bureau study, there are more than 40,000 vacant properties in Detroit... nearly 6,000 in Flint and around 3,000 in Grand Rapids.