The Salvation Army Receives $500,000 Grant from Michigan State Housing Development Authority
*Left to right: John Hale, The Salvation Army Great Lakes Divisions Executive Director of Development, Pierre-Denise Gilliam, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Lt. Col. Steven J. Merritt, Divisional Commander (Regional CEO), The Salvation Army Great Lakes Division, Angela Sterner, MSW, The Salvation Army Great Lakes Division Energy Assistance Services Director
In July 2023, The Salvation Army Great Lakes Division was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).
The funding will be used to assist families in need with energy-efficient home repairs and upgrades in Hillsdale and the counties of Luce, Chippewa and Mackinaw through the Michigan Housing Opportunities Promoting Energy-Efficiency (MI-HOPE) Program.
“MI-HOPE is a federally funded program utilizing the American Rescue Funds (COVID funds). $28.5 million dollars have been made available state-wide. With the assistance of a select and dedicated group of government entities and non-profits like The Salvation Army, the grant dollars will be dispersed throughout the State” said Neighborhood Housing Initiative Division representative Pierre-Denise Gilliam.
*Lt. Colonel Steven J Merritt and Pierre-Denise Gilliam
The funds are eligible for the following energy-efficient housing projects:
- Storm and exterior doors
- Cooling systems
- Water heaters
- Security lighting
- Appliances upgrades (including washers and dryers)
- Electrical upgrades
Ms. Gilliam presented the $500,000 check to The Salvation Army Great Lakes Division at their Southfield headquarters on Thursday, July 20.
These funds are sure to be a blessing to the communities that will receive assistance.
To apply for this program home owners can go online to MSHDA MI-HOPE, or they may call 211 if they need assistance with applying.
If you are interested in learning more about the MI-HOPE program, you can go to the MSHDA website.