Rick BallardAt-Large MemberAs a Principal of North Coast Community Consultants, LLC (NC3) Rick Ballard has provided technical assistance and consultation services to over 24 local and state governments, nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies engaged in housing and community development programs and projects.He co-founded NC3 in 2011, following 21 years of work at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) where he served as Director of the Office of Community Development, guiding the Authority's market-based interventions in urban neighborhoods and Neighborhood Stabilization Program, including over $250 million in funding for local governments and nonprofit organizations.At the time of his retirement from MSHDA, Rick Ballard was President of the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA).He has a B.A. degree from Earlham College 1971) and a Master of Divinity Degree from Chicago Theological Seminary (1974).A resident of East Lansing since 1980, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Community Development Association as well as the HHP Board.
The projects would revitalize neighborhoods by renovating or demolishing abandoned houses while improving the potential for private businesses looking to open shops in thriving areas, said Rick Ballard, director of the MSHDA office of community development.
If the plan is funded, about 6,000 abandoned, foreclosed or vacant properties will be acquired and redeveloped, 2,500 structures will be torn down, and 1,500 homes will be built or rehabilitated.
The housing authority is one of hundreds of applicants in the U.S. hoping to grab a piece of HUD's $1.93 billion Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
MSHDA already is distributing $174 million in federal stimulus funds from the first round of the stabilization program's awards among 44 cities, but that isn't enough money to "make sufficient investments and change the market perception" in those areas, Ballard said.
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