Community organizations to receive $3 million in grant funding to support and uplift community centers and aid homeless veterans 

LANSING, Mich. (March 26, 2024) — Sen. Sue Shink (D-Northfield Twp.) is happy to announce the allocation of approximately $3 million in grant funding to several nonprofit organizations across Washtenaw and Jackson counties. These grants aim to improve local community centers and provide crucial support for homeless veterans and their families. 

Jackson Interfaith Center is set to receive $2 million to help them better address a variety of community needs such as employment placement with transportation assistance, transitional housing, daycare for low-income families and more.  

Residents in Action, Inc, a Black-led 501c3 non-profit that is built on the philosophy that people in a community are best suited to define and address the problems they see and works to promote equity through community-led advocacy, was allocated $500,000 to solidify their organizational infrastructure and for capital expenditures.  

Peace Neighborhood Center, headquartered on Maple Rd. in Ann Arbor, is set to receive $700,000 to help them serve the needs of residents and develop a new 8,000 square foot multi-use HUB Community Resource Center in Ypsilanti Township. Furthermore, the community resource center will partner with local Washtenaw County agencies to provide equitable access to a range of community-based services.  

Funding for these grants came in part from the American Rescue Plan Act which provided $60 million in grant funds that was appropriated by the State Legislature. Due to the number of organizations indicating the need for increased support, the Legislature approved an additional $4 million though the Fiscal Year 2024 supplemental budget bill. 

Additionally, funds have been allocated to organizations dedicated to assisting homeless veterans and their families: 

  • Chelsea Hospital – $250,000 (Chelsea) 
  • Community Action Agency – $250,000 (Jackson) 

“These grants serve as significant and crucial investments in the well-being and prosperity of our communities,” said Sen. Shink. “This funding will help these dynamic organizations address a wide range of community needs. From supporting our homeless veterans to improving local community centers, their efforts aim to support and uplift residents across Jackson and Washtenaw counties. I energetically advocated for these grants, and I’m thankful the state recognizes the importance of these organizations and the support they provide for our communities.”