MI Governor Snyder Meets With HUD on Detroit Blight
On November 15, The Detroit News published an article titled Snyder Meets With HUD Chief on Detroit Blight, Development.
Snyder meets with HUD chief on Detroit blight, development
Gov. Rick Snyder met Friday with the Obama administration’s top housing official and the point person on Detroit for 90 minutes to talk about efforts to revitalize the city.
Snyder met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan Friday morning, along with Don Graves, a deputy assistant U.S. Treasury secretary for small business, housing and community development who also is executive director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The meeting took place at Graves’ Detroit office.
The working meeting focused on efforts to reduce the Motor City’s significant blight problems and look at ways to extend Midtown development and other ways to boost economic development and housing in the city.
Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel confirmed the meeting took place.
“The meeting was part of constructive, ongoing dialogue and work with the Obama administration and the public-private sector to ensure the strongest partnerships possible and finding targeted ways, programs and opportunities that can assist in helping Detroit,” she said.
In June, the city said there are 66,000 vacant and blighted lots and 78,000 vacant structures.
“Approximately 38,000 structures are considered dangerous buildings. The number of dangerous structures is constantly increasing due to vacancy (particularly foreclosures) and house fires,” city emergency manager Kevyn Orr told creditors in June.
The city has about 11,000 to 12,000 fires annually — with 60 percent in blighted or unoccupied buildings. HUD is allocating $150 million to Detroit to help the city flight blight. A Detroit task force is working on how to best fight blight in the city.
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