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Macomb awards grants for residential façade improvements

Rich Egger

About three dozen homes in Macomb will be getting a facelift thanks to financial assistance from the city.

The city awarded $330,000 to homeowners through its Residential Façade Improvement Grant Program. The funding came from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Community Development Coordinator John Bannon said the residential façade program provides money for home improvements that are visible from the street, such as to roofs, porches, and siding.

“I think it’s going to really have a positive and significant impact on some neighborhoods in the city, and so I’m really happy that we’re going to be able to get these funds out the door,” Bannon told the city council.

The program proved to be popular. Of the 98 applications received:

  • 38 projects were funded
  • 34 were eligible but the city lacked funding for them
  • 26 applications were deemed ineligible – 18 were incomplete, 7 were not income eligible, and 1 was late

The grants ranged from $1,620 to $10,000. Bannon said they were awarded based on income level, building condition, and neighborhood impact.
Grant recipients will have one year to complete the work.

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Rich is TSPR's News Director.