Residents Can Apply for MI-HOPE Energy Efficiency Program Grants
(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 15, 2023)
Oakland County, MI – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) recently awarded Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County a grant totaling $350,000 to aid the community through energy-efficient home repairs and upgrades through the Michigan Housing Opportunities Promoting Energy Efficiency program (MI-HOPE). Residents can now apply for the MI-HOPE program online.
The MI-HOPE program, an extension of MSHDA’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP), aids communities throughout Michigan by providing funds to local governments and non-profit organizations to engage in energy-efficiency housing projects. Eligible assisted activities include roofs, insulation, modification or replacement of heating/cooling systems, and more. The complete list of eligible activities can be viewed on page five of the MI-HOPE term sheet.
“We’re excited to support Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County as it works to facilitate positive change within Oakland County through energy-efficient repairs and maintenance,” said Tonya Joy, Neighborhood Housing Initiatives Division Director. “The purpose of MI-HOPE is to improve the health and safety of residents by providing much-needed repairs and maintenance to roofs, windows, and more. MSHDA wants to positively change communities around the state, and we believe Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County will utilize the funds to make the biggest impact.”
“We are so grateful to have received this grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. As the cost of homeownership rises, it is crucial that Habitat Oakland continue its commitment to creating greener homes that reduce the cost of utility expenses and make homeownership more sustainable,” said Tim Ruggles, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County CEO. “This funding will increase our capacity to serve more households and address an urgent need experienced throughout the county.”
MI-HOPE funding is available statewide, with up to $28.5 million being distributed through various funding rounds – including up to $10 million in the first funding round. The second round of funding will be announced in spring 2023.
For more details and to apply please visit this link. If you need assistance with your application or require a paper application, please dial 211.
About Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County
In 1995, the Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County affiliate was established and has since helped more than 1,300 individuals and families access safe and affordable housing. Habitat Oakland provides a variety of housing programs across the county, focusing primarily in Southfield and Pontiac. These include homeownership opportunities for families making 50-80% of the area median income, financial coaching, critical home repairs, and neighborhood revitalization initiatives. Driven by the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, the housing organization has championed its mission to put God’s love into action and bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. For more information about the affiliate and how to get involved, visit Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County’s website.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), established in 1966, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues.