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Michigan cities eligible for $323 million to remove blight

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DETROIT (WNEM/AP) -

The state of Michigan is eligible for up to $323 million for demolitions of vacant structures and other blight removal.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters say Friday that about $74.5 million from the federal Hardest Hit Fund will be available immediately.

The additional $249 million could come in April.

Since 2010, 16 Michigan cities used $440 million from the fund to provide homeowner assistance, remove blight and support other efforts to revitalize neighborhoods.

Michigan divided more than $75 million in late 2014 among 12 cities, with Detroit getting $50 million.

Kildee represents Michigan's 5th Congressional District and says "getting rid of blight will help to raise property values, decrease crime and unlock greater opportunity for all homeowners."

Here is his full statement:

“Millions of dollars in additional federal funds will make a huge difference in removing blight across Michigan, including in Flint and Saginaw. Getting rid of blight will help to raise property values, decrease crime and unlock greater opportunity for all homeowners. Getting this money for Michigan has been one of my top priorities in Congress so that our cities and towns have the resources necessary to tear down the remnants of the past and give us a chance to restart.”

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