Detroit-based organizations, including Focus: HOPE, will receive more than $130,000 in neighborhood grants, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced Tuesday.

The city is among six Michigan communities that were awarded a total of $275,000 by the Neighborhood Enhancement Program this summer for projects aimed at stabilizing and enhancing residential districts.

NEP grants assist neighborhood housing-oriented activities that benefit low and moderate-income areas and residents.

“These grants are awarded to local groups with innovative ideas that addressed specific needs in their neighborhoods,” MSHDA Executive Director Earl Poleski said in a statement. “The projects that have been selected are highly visible, housing-oriented projects that will improve the quality of life for the people living in these communities.”

To qualify for an NEP grant, projects must involve beautification, public amenity enhancements or infrastructure improvements. Funded projects should be completed by the fall.

“The goal of this funding is to help – and eventually showcase – model Michigan neighborhoods where residents are engaged and facilitating change,” Poleski said.

The Detroit recipients include Global Detroit, $30,000 for homeowner rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes in the East Davison Village neighborhood.

The Arab-American & Chaldean Council is receiving $29,400 for murals, signage and landscaping near the ACC campus and Seven Mile.

Bridging Communities, in southwest Detroit, was granted $30,000 for homeowner rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes in the Chadsey Condon neighborhood.

Life Builders was awarded $30,000 for beautification and cleanup in the Greater Regent Park neighborhood.

Focus:HOPE received $11,538 for upgrades to the Cool Cities Park to facilitate the artesian/farmer’s market.

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