A housing community in Saginaw has been awarded more than $75,000 to assist families who reside in public housing, according to MLive.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provided $75,689 from its Family Self-Sufficiency Program. The federal grant was announced by U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) on Jan. 3.
The Saginaw Housing Commission, which has been in operation since 1947 when it was established by Saginaw City Council, will benefit from the federal grant as it partners with local social service organizations and other related groups with hopes of boosting the self-sufficiency of those living in public housing.
The Commission is recognized as the organization that provides Housing Choice Vouchers (more popularly known as Section 8) in Saginaw County. The commission also provides a Family Self-Sufficiency Program for residents in public housing. That particular initiative helps residents to identify and achieve their own goals as well as get to know other residents and take advantage of community resources.
“Every family, regardless of their zip code, should be provided the same opportunity to succeed," Kildee said in a statement. "I thank the Saginaw Housing Commission for the important work they do in our community and look forward to continuing to work with them to bring federal resources back to mid-Michigan.”
The centers in Saginaw consist of five high-rise properties purposed to specifically help elderly and disabled families. Those properties are Davenport Manor, Elmwood Manor, Maplewood Manor, Pinewood Manor and Rosien Towers.
The housing commission in Saginaw is the head of other developments and properties such as the Town and Garden duplex and other units that are single-family homes, as well as duplexes that offer anywhere from one to four bedrooms for residents.
Other major cities in Michigan that were also given federal grants include Lansing, Plymouth, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Plymouth, Wyoming and Westland.