Kalamazoo’s Northside Neighborhood and Northside Community Development Association Split $1.1 Million in New State Budget | WKZO | All Kalamazoo

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KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — Affordable housing and job training will be boosted in Kalamazoo, as part of Michigan State’s fiscal year 2023 budget passed Thursday.

Sen. Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) said next year’s budget includes $1 million for the construction of owner-occupied housing in the Northside neighborhood of Kalamazoo and to support job training courses offered to the Northside Association for Community Development.

Other budget items affecting Kalamazoo include $300 million for the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement Service, which will benefit Western Michigan University, $3 million for the Michigan Geological Survey, and $1.1 million for a fire apparatus for Portage to replace obsolete equipment. and improve public safety.

McCann said, “I am especially pleased to have championed funding for the construction of new owner-occupied housing in the northern part of Kalamazoo and to have expanded the job training services offered by the Northside Association for Community Development” , added Senator McCann. “I constantly hear from constituents that we need more quality, affordable housing in our community. I hear from employers saying that they are struggling to find candidates with the necessary qualifications to fill their vacancies. I am proud to be able to bring home funds that will directly and positively address these critical issues in our community.


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