The City of Battle Creek is teaming up with the Battle Creek Public Schools in order to encourage educators to live in the city.

The BCPS Housing Incentive Program will allow district teachers and administrators to receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance towards buying a new home in the district, and up to $10,000 to improve a home in the district. Specifically, in order to qualify the home must be in a specific 12-square mile section of the district, bounded by the North, East and West by the Battle Creek city limits and to the south by Territorial Road and Kingman Avenue.

In order to participate in the program, employees must commit to working for the BCPS for three years, and they could the receive down payment and closing cost assistance up to 20% of the home's value, maxing out at $10,000.

Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury says this program is “a great recruiting tool for the district and will help strengthen vulnerable city neighborhoods within the school district through investment.”

If you are interested in applying for the program, there will be two informational meetings held Friday, March 16. Both take place at the BCPS central offices on Van Buren St; the first is at 3pm, and the second takes place at 4pm.

The program’s funding is through the WK Kellogg Foundation.

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