Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) announced today that he helped secure nearly $3.7 million in housing assistance for the elderly through a grant to a Flint non-profit organization that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The grant to Communities First, Inc. will provide 24 housing units, rental assistance and support services for the elderly. Communities First plans to rehabilitate the former Oak School in Flint's Grand Traverse District neighborhood. Communities First is partnered on the project with the New Samaritan Corp.
"I am very pleased I was able to secure this important funding for Communities First to provide much-needed housing for elderly residents," said Kildee. "I am committed to helping senior citizens find affordable housing and this grant provides support for the very low income elderly who are the most vulnerable. The addition of 24 more housing units and the redevelopment of the school building also means more jobs and that's an important added benefit for Flint."
The grant was awarded under HUD's Section 202 Supportive Housing program. More than $3.355 million will be provided to help support construction with another $307,000 to be used to subsidize rents for the next five years. The project includes a community room, library, computer room as well as a fitness lounge.
Residents must have household incomes less than 50 percent of the median income for the Flint area, with most households who receive Section 202 assistance earning less than 30 percent of the median income.