Today, Senate Bill 565, a bipartisan infrastructure bill of $4.7 billion, was passed by the Michigan Legislature. This deal marks a historic investment in water, housing, roads, high-speed internet, and state and local parks — all areas that will substantially benefit Michigan residents and the work of CEDAM’s members. Together, we’re about to make an even bigger impact.
This bill targets many of CEDAM’s policy priorities. The following is a spending breakdown:
- Housing and Community Development — $654MM
- $100MM for Housing and Community Development Fund
- $383MM for emergency rental assistance
- $121MM for homeowner assistance
- $50MM for residential clean energy improvements
- $251MM for the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office and broadband grants
- $1.9B for water infrastructure
- $450MM for parks and trails
- $25MM for the Mobility Futures Initiative
Each of the issues funded today will improve equity, access, and quality of life for Michiganders. And that, in turn, allows for growth and prosperity.
We’ve witnessed the power of decisive partnership. We want to recognize those who’ve made this vital state-wide investment possible.
Thank you to Senator Stamas, Senator Hertel, Representative Tate, Representative Albert, and State Budget Director Harkins, as well as the cooperative action of the Michigan Legislature.
This work has also been a collective effort by tremendous partners working toward a stronger Michigan. A big thank you to all members and allies, including but certainly not limited to:
- Community Development Advocates of Detroit
- Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit
- Enterprise Community Partners
- Habitat for Humanity MI
- Housing North
- Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
- Michigan League for Public Policy
- Michigan Municipal League
- Coalition for a Strong and Prosperous Michigan
- Housing Michigan Coalition
- Michigan Community Capital
Of course, we couldn’t reach milestones like this without CEDAM’s incredible members and all our coalition members throughout the years. Thank you for your passion and hard work.
This bill is proof of our shared commitment, and its effects will be transformative for Michiganders and their communities.
The Work to Come
These issues would not be top of mind without the continued advocacy and dedication of CEDAM’s members. This is a milestone we can all take pride in, but, as you know, the work doesn’t stop here. SB 565 appropriates a monumental amount of funding, which opens up more opportunity for us to empower communities and sustain economic development in our state.
This is only the beginning.
Please contact Melvin Henley, Coalition Manager, at 517-485-3588 Ext. 1947, or email@example.com