The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated over $71.9 million in long-term recovery funds to the State of Michigan to support recovery and mitigation efforts following severe storms and flooding in 2020 and 2021. Michigan received $59 million in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for 2020 and $12 million in CDBG-DR funds for 2021 to solve outstanding disaster recovery needs. The funds are being distributed through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
MEDC posted a tentative action plan for how to allocate the money. They held four public meetings to collect input and Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) attended. We shared information and data advocating for funds to be given to FLTF, however the application process will not open until January 2023.
FLTF plans to apply for funding in whatever capacity it can, but there is not enough detail at this point to know if we will qualify for funding and where it could be directed. Right now, the grant has no provisions for individual homeowners or single-family housing - it's meant for community projects. If we do receive funding, the soonest it would be accessible is April of 2023.