Issue Position: Strengthening Mid-Michigan Communities
In Congress, I worked tirelessly to secure $200 million in existing federal funds to help clean up our neighborhoods and remove abandoned homes. Freeing up this money will help to revitalize and invest in cities like Flint and Saginaw, helping to strengthen our neighborhoods and unlock greater opportunity for homeowners. This much needed money has already helped to tear down hundreds of blighted buildings in our community and will continue to be used to tear down blight in the months ahead.
I also continue to fight for additional federal resources so that cities have the necessary resources to fight violent crime. Past "surge' operations have helped local, state and federal law enforcement coordinate intelligence and get criminals off the street with additional personnel on the ground. During past operations, Flint's homicide rate dropped by over 50 percent during a four month period. Additional resources and law enforcement will help to make our community safer and root out violent crime.