Monday, March 23, 1998
Governor John Engler announced today that the Michigan Jobs Commission (MJC) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) plan to join in giving Michigan men and women with disabilities an increased opportunity to receive technical training and enter the job market. The Jobs Commission and MSHDA are moving forward with plans to provide more than $1.3 million to build family housing at the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) near Plainwell, located north of Kalamazoo, in Barry County. The residential school, operated by the Jobs Commission, offers job training for adults with disabilities. The MJC/MSHDA funds will be used to build a new 20-unit family complex and day care facility. This complex will enable those students who are married or have children to live on campus while attending classes. Currently, most students live in dormitories for singles. "This is just another way that we are eliminating the barriers to employment," said Governor Engler. "By building this facility, more men and women with disabilities will be able to take advantage of the quality job training programs offered at the Michigan Career and Technical Institute and still be able to live with and care for their families."The total cost of the housing complex is estimated at $1.6 million, with $810,000 coming from the Michigan Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered through the Jobs Commission. In addition, MSHDA has applied for federal HOME funds, which could contribute upon approval, $550,000 to the housing project. The Kellogg Foundation donated the land two years ago for the project, and MCTI and several other donors are contributing an additional $125,000. The operating expenses will be paid by the student tenants, based on a fee structure consistent with HUD and the Michigan Family Independence Agency (FIA) sliding scales for subsidized housing.