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Posted on: July 31, 2023

City of Coldwater to Launch USDA Housing Preservation Grant

Housing Grant News Flash

Coldwater, Mich. (31 Aug. 2023) - Due to minimal projects being submitted, the Neighborhood Services Department has decided to accept applications on a rolling basis until projects are identified.

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Coldwater, Mich. (31 Jul. 2023) – In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, the City of Coldwater will begin accepting applications for the Housing Preservation Grant Program on July 31, 2023.

The USDA’s Housing Preservation Grant Program can provide up to $7,499 towards eligible interior and exterior home rehabilitation projects. Applicants must be low and very-low-income residents of owner-occupied single-family homes. A minimum of a 50% match is required by the homeowner. Applications are due September 1.

Eligible improvements include roof repair or replacement, repair or replacement of the heating system, repair of, or provision for, structural supports and foundations, replacement or severely deteriorated siding, porches or stoops, replacement doors and windows, electrical wiring, alterations or the unit’s interior or exterior to provide greater accessibility, and energy conservation measures.

The City was awarded $115,000 from the USDA to administer the Housing Preservation Program, which can fund a minimum of 15 projects. Projects that qualify and meet the income eligibility requirements as listed on the application will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis until funds have been earmarked. In the event that a selected project does not move forward, a waitlist will be maintained.

“The City of Coldwater is pleased to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to administer a housing preservation grant program for income-qualified low and very low-income homeowners in the City of Coldwater. The program will provide resources for household maintenance and stability, improve neighborhood image, and encourage private reinvestment,” said Keith Baker, City Manager.

Applications can be downloaded from or picked up in person from the Neighborhood Services Department at the Henry L. Brown Municipal Building located at 1 Grand Street. Applications will be available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. To have a paper copy mailed to you, call the City of Coldwater Neighborhood Services Department at (517) 279-6964.

For additional information, please contact Jake VanBoxel, the City of Coldwater’s Neighborhood Services Director, at [email protected] or by calling (517) 279-6964. Thank you.

About the United States Department of Agriculture: Since its establishment in 1862, The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, works to provide economic vitality through innovation in the U.S. A main priority area is advancing equity and rural prosperity, by reaching a diverse population and providing necessary economic support.

About the City of Coldwater: The City of Coldwater is a town in southern Michigan. Established in 1861, the City is a thriving community centrally located between Detroit, Toledo, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Kalamazoo. Known for its historic charm and up-and-coming atmosphere, the City annually hosts events such as Strawberry Fest, Apple Fest, Winter Fest, and Hops on Monroe. The City of Coldwater is one of the fastest-growing communities in the State of Michigan.


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