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Amerifirst Financial

269-420-8850

bmallernee@amerifirst.com

Bryon Mallernee

For building or repairing credit, there is a service called the “What If” Simulator. An authorized user can pull a client’s credit report and get recommendations along with data on how much each change will increase their credit score. Bryon Mallernee of Amerifirst Financial is an authorized user, and is passionate about helping people improve their scores in order to buy a home.

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Battle Creek Board of Realtors

7100 Tower Rd
Battle Creek 49014

269 962 5193

www.bcaar.com

Talia Chaplin and Amanda

Homeowners education programs, credit repair, qualifying awareness and help, application/mortgage/down payment program help. 

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Battle Creek City Offices

10 N Division Street
Battle Creek 49014  

battlecreekmi.gov  

269-966-3311

Chris Lucier

Trying to launch down payment assistance programs;  1200+ vacant lots available.

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Battle Creek Community Foundation Board

(The same as  Battle Creek Community Association)

32 W Michigan Ave, Suite 1
Battle Creek 49017

ImpactInvestCom@Foundation bccfooundation.org  

269-962-2181

Brenda Hunt

Potential grants,  COVID housing grant money funding.

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BC Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

Beyond Separation Design Team  

734-771-4951 

roselinares@gmail.com

Rosemary Linares

Developed home ownership seminars and educational pieces. Have created a Buyers Curriculum with checksheets, tool kit.  

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Calhoun County Land Bank   

315 W Glen St.
Marshall, MI 49068

269-781-0777

Kristen  Trout-Edwards 

Funds for rehab and the owner of the empty lots that may be for sale around the city.

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Comerica Bank

49 W Michigan
Battle Creek  plus other locations

259-966-6314 

Julie Brown

Need more information about what specific programs they are developing for the Black Community and how we can partner.

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Habitat for Humanity

595 North Ave
Battle Creek 49017

269-441-1038

reception@habitatbc.org

Pat Moran

Identify properties for sale, sweat equity programs,  lower cost psf focus, not sole Black Community, focus on homeowner economic literacy.

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HUD ( Scalder Homes )

250 Champion Street
Battle Creek, MI 49037

269-965-0591  

battlecreekhousing.org 

Home ownership opportunities programs–Rent to Own. Must apply and qualify. Option to purchase if desired and qualified. Currently 20 homes for rent to own. Scalder Homes used  this government funded program and built brick homes 900-1100 sf, 2-3 bedrooms  Avery Avenue, Baldwin Street,  and Spring Street.

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John Banks–Motor Shop Electrical Construction Company

40 Bartlett Street
Battle Creek 49014

269-968-2241 

John Banks

Internships and apprentice programs in construction and home building. Could build modular homes.

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Kellogg Community College

450 North Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49017

269-965-3931

RMTC Program–Innovative community driven training facility focused on teaching industrial trades and machinery/technical knowledge.

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Kingdom Builders – Bishop Tino Smith

50 Spencer St.
Battle Creek, MI 49014

drtinowsmith.com

269-282-1490

Dr. Tino Smith

Kingdom Builders is a church  and  community hub in the Post Addition area.  Provides financial literacy classes, employment assistance and focus on building neighborhoods. In my notes says Pastor Lee from that church,  sponsors a  construction and training program for 18-25 year olds and helps provide work skills.

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Kool Family Community Center

200 W Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49017

269-965-0000
969-962-2181

Brenda Hunt

Currently no program-related information available.

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Larry Rizer, Architect 

architectsinc@prodias.net

Larry Rizer

Could design modular homes; and identify how to lower cost per square foot.

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Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

636 W Van Buren St
Battle Creek 49037

269-964-0015  

macedoniabattlecreek.org

Pastor Timothy Traxler

Currently no program-related information available.

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Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA)

 Recommended MSHDA lenders:

Bryon Mallernee
Amerifirst Financial
bmallernee@amerifirst.com
269-420-8850

Titus Davis
Guaranteed Rate
Titus.davis@rate.com
C: 269-425-2250

For down payment assistance, MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority) has a program that gives $10,000 interest-free loans in targeted areas. Battle Creek is a targeted area. Outside the targeted areas, the program allows $7500. The loan is paid back when the homeowner sells the house. There are income and price limits. To see if you qualify, contact the recommended MSHDA lenders above.

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Neighborhoods, Inc

47 N Washington St
Battle Creek 49037

269-9968-1113

neighborhood@nibc.org

Arturo Puckerin

Focus on modular homes or rent to own; own 56 homes; provides mortgage financing as CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) only one in BC. They have revitalized other neighborhoods and currently have a pool of interested candidates. Also a home repair program using $1k vouchers.

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New Level Sports Facility and Ministry

400 Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek 49037 

269-964-4172  

newlevelsports.org

Pastor Chris McCoy

Focused on building lives and black home ownership as part of that.

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Purpose Built Communities

purposebuiltcommunities.org

Ted Dearing, Assistant City Manager

Development strategies for improving neighborhoods through homeowner education, housing, and revitalization.  Nationwide builders and developers focused on mixed income housing solutions.

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United Way of Battle Creek

709 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

269-343-2524 

Grant possibilities. The Village collaborative effort.

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Urban League

172 United Way
Battle Creek 49037

269 962-5553 

swmul.org

Kyra Wallace

The African Americn Collaborative; credit repair, down payment assistance; workshops on home ownership in the Black Community. Kyra at Freddie Mac has funds available.

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Vocational Tech Center   

Have had programs where students learned construction skills and built homes.

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation

1 E Michigan Ave
Battle Creek 49017

269-968-1611  

wkkf.org  

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Washington Heights United Methodist Church

153 N wood Street
Battle Creek 49037

269-968-8773

Pastor Monique French 

Pastor French Is developing an end to end process to increase home ownership tied to the Black Community.  Counseling, funding, down payment assistance, a pool of candidates. United Way CCG support. Tied to the philosophy of home ownership helping to create a more purposeful life, along with generational wealth.

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