Housing and Neighborhoods
Owner-Occupied Incentive Program
The City offers an incentive program to increase owner-occupancy within a defined area of the city. Incentives of up to $10,000 are available. Click here to learn more.
Neightborhood Resource Unit (NRU)
Department staff participate in the Neighborhood Resource Unit, a collaborative team that seeks to foster positive improvement in the City’s neighborhoods. Click here to learn more.
Thanks to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the City requested and received a grant to offer mini grants to fund programs, projects or improvements within neighborhoods. Since the grant was received in 1999, over 42 mini grants have been awarded to various neighborhood groups for projects such as picnics and ice cream socials, Neighborhood Watch programs, landscape beautification, cleanup, and leadership training.
Click here for the application form.
The Neighborhood Resource Unit is seeking interested residents to help form neighborhood associations in four area of the City.
A neighborhood association is a group of neighbors who get together, share their ideas, thoughts, feelings and work cooperatively to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Neighborhood associations greatly improve the two-way communication between the city and its residents. Neighborhood associations can also encourage the following positive outcomes:
- Facilitate achieving common neighborhood goals
- Provide the neighborhood with a common voice and an effective means of communicating with government officials and other instrumental groups
- Empowered neighborhoods can have greater input in events happening in their area and members can be more involved in decision making that affects their neighborhoods
- Organize and help members work for preservation and improvements in their neighborhood
- Planning and holding social activities for the neighborhood
- Organizing neighborhood improvement projects
Neighborhood associations can also function as crime watch groups and will be eligible to receive mini-grant funding from the City for a variety of activities and improvements. Neighborhood associations will also have the opportunity to work with City staff to develop long-term plans for future investments in their neighborhoods.
If you are interested in assisting the City with the implementation of a neighborhood association in one of the four target areas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lt. Mike Dunham at (989) 779-5123. City staff will assist interested citizens in reaching out to neighbors and developing the infrastructure necessary to establish each association. The targeted areas include:
- Northwest: the area east of the Railroad and north of High Street
- Central: the area between Mission Street and the railroad
- Northeast: the area east of Mission Street and north of High Street
- Southeast: the area east of Mission Street and south of High Street
- *Note: The southwest portion of the City has an active association known as the Southwest Association of Neighbors, or SWAN
- Neighborhood Map