Congressman Fred Upton has announced new relief for those facing eviction in southwest Michigan. He says The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing more than $1 million to help those in danger of being evicted. Upton’s office has released the following:
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced the Department of Housing and Urban Development would provide more than $1 million in federal grant funding to assist households across Southwest Michigan that face a greater risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding was made available through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which received $5 billion from the CARES Act – a major bipartisan COVID relief bill that Upton voted for and the House passed in March.
“We know all too well that this vicious virus has had – and continues to have – a disproportionate impact on our most vulnerable,” Upton said. “With millions of folks still out of a job nationwide, the risk of eviction is a real threat to families and communities right here in Southwest Michigan. I’m glad to see that emergency dollars from the CARES Act, which we passed back in March, are being used to protect folks’ wellbeing and keep a roof over their heads during this most difficult time.”
As a part of the CDBG program, Benton Harbor received $77,918; Holland received $198,586; Kalamazoo received $482,782; Niles received $68,824; and Portage received $237,041. These funds can be used to provide temporary financial assistance to help struggling families meet rental obligations for up to six months.
Additional information is available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development here.