The Community Development Division of the Wayne County Department of Economic Development serves as the lead agency in the development and implementation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Annual Action Plan provides a framework for the use of CDBG funds for programs for low- to moderate-income persons in thirty-four (34) Participating Jurisdictions for the 2023 Program Year (PY) from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. It further provides a framework for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The following objectives and goals identified in the current 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan are presented in the plan:
- Upgrade the County's housing stock.
- Affirmatively further fair housing.
- Provide economic development opportunities.
- Enhance public infrastructure and facilities.
- Conduct public service activities.
- Undertake neighborhood improvement activities.
- Offer homeless outreach and homelessness prevention; and
- Assist with administration and planning.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program - American Rescue Plan Draft Allocation PlanThe American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has provided $10,288,475 to the County of Wayne to provide housing, services and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations
Substantial Amendment Draft Allocation Plan - Nov 2023
First Time Home Buyers Program
Wayne County offers first time homebuyers down payment and closing cost assistance when purchasing a home in any of the 37 participating communities. The assistance comes in the form of an interest-free deferred loan that is due upon the sale of the property by the loan recipient. For an existing property, the loan amount is from $5,000 and up to $14,999.
Each homebuyer must complete a home ownership counseling program in order to be eligible for assistance. Currently Wayne County has a contract with the National Faith Homebuyers Program to provide a series of classes in credit, buying a home, qualifying for a mortgage, home maintenance, and other related topics. Each potential homeowner earns a certificate of completion after a series of classes. First time homebuyers are defined as a purchaser who has not owned a home within the last three years. Interested person should contact National Faith Community Homebuyers at (313) 255-9500 to enroll in the program.