CEDAM Applauds Governor Whitmer’s Ongoing Commitment to Investments in Housing

Contact: Jessica AcMoody, Policy Director
acmoody@cedamichigan.org | (517) 210-7723

Lansing, MI – CEDAM applauds Governor Whitmer for proposing to set aside nearly $1.4 billion to create or rehabilitate almost 10,000 homes. This investment, to be announced during the Governor’s State of the State address today, uses a mix of federal funding and money set aside through prior legislation. 

“We know that one of the biggest factors in determining where people live and work is housing costs. That’s why I’m tackling this challenge head on with a goal to build or rehabilitate almost 10,000 homes to give Michiganders – and anyone who wants to move here – more affordable options,” said Governor Whitmer. “By expanding our housing options, we’re expanding supply and lowering costs. Our 2024 strategy is clear and straightforward: build, baby, build!”

The administration’s focus on housing is a welcome addition to recent wins for affordable housing and community development, including dedicated funding for the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund ($50 million, annually), new MSHDA programs to support developers in building a range of housing types, and support for the State’s Regional Housing Partnerships (RHPs) to meet their regional housing production goals. Continued investments in housing are critical to addressing our state’s housing needs and meeting the goals of our state’s first housing plan. CEDAM is pleased to see our state leadership prioritize flexible sources of funding that will support our members in creating stronger, more resilient neighborhoods and communities.

“Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Luke Forrest, executive director at CEDAM. “Governor Whitmer’s plan will help increase the supply of housing, reduce renters’ costs, and make homeownership more attainable. CEDAM is thrilled to support this administration’s commitment to fostering inclusive communities and equitable economic growth.”

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