Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for administering and managing Redford's federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  The program provides a variety of activities for low-moderate income Redford residents.  Participants in the program must meet federal income guidelines.  Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Additionally, the Community Development Department is responsible for the improvement of the urban township environment, assisting with economic development, and carrying out assignments given by the Township Board.  Through the process of identifying opportunities, submitting applications, and administering local, regional, state, and federal grant programs, the department secures resources necessary to develop the community.

The Community Development Department office is in the Redford Community Center at 12121 Hemingway.  

  1. Michele Mancini

    Community Development Director

    Michele Mancini is no stranger to Redford Township.   Born and raised in the township with long-standing family ties to this community, she called Redford home for over 35 years, where she raised her children. 

    She began her career with Redford Township in 2011 as a Project Manager for the Community Development Department.  Within four years, she was promoted to Community Improvement Administrator in 2015. 

    With experience as a builder and realtor, she helped administer the SNAP program which promotes homeownership and provides quality affordable housing for Redford Township.  The SNAP program renovates and sells remodeled homes to owner-occupants and demolishes severely blighted properties.  Additionally, she also helped manage capital improvement projects throughout Redford.

    Michele loves her job and the services she provides to residents, including securing grants, low-interest home improvement loan projects, neighborhood stabilization, homebuyer programs, and blight removal.

    In March 2023, Mancini accepted her current position as Community Development Director.  In this role, she helps develop a vision and strategy for the residents and businesses to move the community toward a vibrant future while participating in community festivals, events, and other Redford Township attractions.


Community Development Block Grant Programs

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is celebrating its 49th year of serving Redford Township. The Housing and Community Development Department continues to build on the successes of the past. While we continue to offer our long-standing programs, several new initiatives have been introduced. Together, the Housing and Community Development Department is working towards making Redford a great place to live, work, and play.


Public Notice 

CDBG Program - Public Notice

CDBG Program – Public Notice

Annual Action Plan FY 2024-2025

“Notice of Proposed Statement of Community Development

Objectives and Projected Use of Funds”

Public Comment Period: February 14, 2024, thru March 15, 2024             

Click here for more details.

 

              DRAFT – Annual Action Plan FY 2024-2025

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CARES Act Funding (COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provide much-needed assistance to the American people as the country works diligently to combat COVID-19.

HUD is making available $3.064 billion through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, of which $2 billion is meant to assist States, Communities and Non-profits to carry out and fund COVID-19 response activities.

Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-20 mandating the closure of certain businesses that are considered places of public accommodation and instituted a shelter-in-place restriction for all Michigan residents and ceased all in-person non-essential business operations in the State of Michigan.

Included in the HUD CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Coronavirus and Other Infectious Disease is a provision to avoid homelessness caused by business closures and job loss related to the Governor's Order by providing short-term housing assistance to low-and moderate-income persons whose income was negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Charter Township of Redford has established the Housing Assistance Program, a program to assist vulnerable residents located in Redford Township with access to short-term assistance to cover past due mortgage and rent obligations that occurred as a result of lost income. The plan is to be funded with $240,000 of CDBG funds received under the CARES Act.

Review the following documents and programs:

Housing Rehabilitation Program