Ruth Mott Foundation awards Genesee County Land Bank program $267,400 grant for blight elimination

FLINT, Michigan — The Ruth Mott Foundation has awarded the Genesee County Land Bank’s Clean & Green program $267,400 to assist north Flint residents in cleaning, maintaining, and beautifying vacant properties. 

“The Clean & Green program supports dozens of passionate community-based groups who are dedicated to their neighborhoods,” Land Bank Executive Director Michael Freeman said. “Eliminating blight in neighborhoods is a high priority for the Land Bank.”

With the 2022 application period set to open at the end of January, the Clean & Green program gives community groups stipends to clean up and maintain vacant lots beginning in the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Thus far, the program, which employed neighborhood youth, has seen nearly 100 community-based organizations from block clubs, schools, churches, and neighborhood associations.

“Clean & Green is critical in helping north Flint residents access resources and support in neighborhood blight elimination efforts,” said Raquel Thueme, Foundation president. “Thanks to these residents and the Land Bank, Clean & Green neighborhoods are cleaner, safer, and healthier for everyone who lives there.”

For more information on the Land Bank's Clean & Green program, visit the website

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