Community Development

Public Service Announcement:

Berrien County Community Development is seeking requests for proposal from prospective bidders for administration of the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME,) Homeowner Assistance Program. Homeowner Assistance program is a federal and state funded program intended to assist low to moderate income homeowners with rehabilitation and repairs to their home through a loan. The loan is a 10 year, monthly payment loan for 50% of the total project cost. The remaining 50% of the funding is forgiven after the 10 year period.

Complete bid packets are available by online at the Berrien County Community Development website, or by contacting the Berrien County Purchasing Department, 701 Main St., St. Joseph, MI 49085 or 269-983-7111 x8200.

Proposals must be submitted to the Berrien County Purchasing office at 701 Main St., St. Joseph, MI 49085 by 4:00 p.m., November 7, 2108.

Bid 2018-104
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Sworn and Notarized Affidavit of Compliance 2018

Berrien County's excellent location in the heart of "Michigan's Great Southwest" makes it a prime market for business, industry, and tourism. Its substantial and wide variety of agriculture has established locally grown crops as major attractions for tourists and food processors. Strategically located on the Chicago/Detroit, Grand Rapids/Indianapolis vectors, Berrien County is served by major interstate highways, airports, rail transportation, and shipping - both deep draft and river barge. Scenic natural beauty and 50 miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan make Berrien County a choice destination for tourists, artists, and naturalists.


The Berrien County Community Development Department oversees Economic Development, Planning, Solid Waste Management, Transportation and Resource Recovery. The Department works closely with community leaders and governments to coordinate their activities that deal with attracting and maintaining businesses within Berrien County through pooling resources. It is also the focal point for many projects that are multi-governmental. The Berrien County Community Development Department is the resource that the community looks to for the coordination of programs that are grant or loan eligible.

The Berrien County Community Development Department’s primary role is to enhance a cooperative spirit in the community to include education, government and private sectors through the retention of current jobs and to stimulate increased employment opportunities. The Berrien County Community Development Department seeks to improve the economic well-being of Berrien County by influencing, encouraging and supporting private business growth, expansion and job creation to continually stabilize our tax base without duplicating efforts. Job retention, job creation, tax base enhancement and property reuse improves everyone’s quality of life.

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