Uncle Sam Sends Gift: $24M to Fix Flint Area Roads, Blight, More
Millions in congressional funding is a much-needed win for Flint & Genesee County, Michigan. Congressman Dan Kildee, who represents Michigan's Eighth District (much of Mid-Michigan) was able to submit 15 proposals to the Appropriations Committee for possible funding -- all 15 were approved.
Flint & Genesee County received the bulk of funding with eight approved proposals totaling $24,284,366.
Will Flint & Genesee County roads be improved with Community Project Funding?
- $750,000 to Genesee County Road Commission to update road infrastructure + safety improvements. Money will be used to upgrade & improve several roads in Flint, Fenton and Grand Blanc.
Flint & Genesee County fight blight with more money from Community Project Funding.
- $4M to Genesee County Land Bank Authority for blight removal and restorative initiative -- will demolish around 240 blighted/dangerous structures in the county.
Nearly $4M Community Project Funds to be spent on Genesee County Education-related projects.
- $2.06M to Mott Community College to expand Genesee County Children's Literacy Program
- $1.9M to Flint Institute of Science and History to expand after school programs in Genesee County.
Genesee County gets financial help for community, mental health and substance use treatment.
- $2M to Hamilton Community Health Network, Inc. to establish a community health center on the East Side of Flint. (Think everything from medical issues to substance use disorder treatment and everything in between -- even lingering impacts of the Flint Water Crisis)
- $1.45M to New Paths, Inc. Money to be used for upgrading substance use disorder treatment center and recovery housing facilities in Genesee County.
Flint & Genesee County receive funding for new Flint YMCA and Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
- $4M to YMCA of Flint, Saginaw, Bay City for construction of a new center in Flint, updates to the Saginaw YMCA and creation of an outdoor center in Bay City.
- $2M to Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. This will help with everything from food storage, delivery and outreach to many families in need in their massive service area.
Of the nearly $48,000,000 received through Community Project Funding, nearly half is being spent in Genesee County communities.