Michigan housing authority working out details for federal blight funding to 12 cities

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LANSING, Michigan — State housing officials are working out the final details of just how much a dozen Michigan cities will get to demolish vacant houses from a $75 million pot of federal money.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority spokeswoman Katie Bach says a decision will come next month and that the funding "will help create some positive results" in communities tackling blight.

It is part of nearly $500 million Michigan was allocated in 2010 to help homeowners hit hard by the national housing crisis.

Detroit, Ecorse, Highland Park, River Rouge, Inkster, Hamtramck, Adrian, Jackson, Lansing, Muskegon Heights and Port Huron will receive funding. Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula also will get money. They were selected through an evaluation system that included residential housing vacancy rates.

Each submitted blight plans and costs.

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