Detroit Mayor thanks Congress, key city supporters for approval of blight removal funds

DETROIT, MI – On behalf of the City of Detroit and all other cities addressing blight issues, I want to thank Congress for its action today in approving $2 billion in additional Hardest Hit Funds said Mayor Duggan.  Mike-Duggan

This is the largest federal blight removal program in decades and will give Detroit and other urban cities the opportunity to change the quality of life in our neighborhoods for generations.

Senator Debbie Stabenow was the national leader on this bill from beginning to end and Detroit owes her an enormous debt of gratitude.  Rep. Dan Kildee and Rep. Candice Miller worked very hard building support in the House and we never could have been successful without their efforts.  The support of Senator Gary Peters, Rep. John Conyers, and Rep. Brenda Lawrence, joined with a coalition of Ohio and Illinois legislators, was critical to this result.

For the last month, Dan Gilbert has been relentlessly lobbying Congress members nationally.  We could not have built our national coalition without him.  JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Reverend Wendell Anthony all stepped in at critical times to line up key supporters.

Duggan also said “Finally, I want to thank President Obama and his administration for strongly supporting this initiative and for publicly standing behind the success of Detroit’s demolition program.  The recent study funded by the Skillman Foundation and Bedrock showed the country that recently showed that property values in Detroit have increased by more than $400 million in the past year in the areas where the city has concentrated its blight removal efforts.”

With this new funding, they will be able to expand the demolition program to a great many more neighborhoods across Detroit.