Housing & Development Opportunities

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Vacant, city-owned lots are available through Dowagiac's Housing Initiative!

In 2019, Dowagiac's City Council launched the city's Housing Initiative with the main goal of improving the quality of housing within the city limits.  The Housing Initiative is composed of various strategies including MSHDA grants to improve the current housing stock, demolition of blighted and unrepairable homes, and the sale of very low cost lots of city-owned residential land for the development of new homes.  

$1.00 City Lots Available
Includes free water, sewer, and electric connection

509 Spruce Street-Parcel #14-16-200-892-50-Click Link!

205 Parsonage Street-Parcel #14-16-200-892-70-Click Link!

More lots coming soon!

Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP)-Summer/Fall 2021

Through a grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the City is assisting homeowners with exterior improvements to their homes.   Each household receiving the grant can get up to $7,499 in improvements.   City staff will assist each homeowner in bidding the projects to contractors and offering help and advice during the process.  

Homeowners in the Walter Ward Park and Water Tower Park neighborhoods can apply!   

Click here to read the program guidelines.                        

Click here to apply for the NEP program 2021!


Dowagiac Housing Incentive Grants 

Dowagiac offers an annual Housing Incentive Grant to homeowners within city limits.  This program is for exterior improvements.  Each application will be reviewed and awarded between $50 - $750 dependent upon the total project cost.   The application and more information can be found here!


For more information on the Housing Initiative programs in Dowagiac, please contact:

Natalie Dean, Assistant City Manager                       269.782.0437                 NDean@dowagiac.org
Bobbie Jo Hartline, Executive Secretary                  269.783.2531                 BHartline@dowagiac.org