IN THE NEWS

Because of its long history and significant expertise as a comprehensive housing services provider, UCHC is often asked to provide advice to other organizations in communities across Southeast Michigan. Our work is also frequently mentioned in the news.


The Macomb Daily
April 19, 2018
"On the 50th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, James Cristbrook of the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors and Margaret Brown of the Fair Housing Center of Detroit agreed metro-Detroit’ status as one of the most segregated areas in the nation persists due to discrimination."

The Marketplace
April 19, 2018
"Residents fought for a program like Home Swap so there’d be an option for people who didn’t lose their homes to eminent domain, but who didn’t want to stay in the increasingly industrialized area. Rather than offer residents cash to move wherever they’d like, the program is designed to help repopulate Detroit neighborhoods. For the first round, the city chose to make available houses in three Detroit neighborhoods."

Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2018
"After a decade in which one in four properties in Detroit have gone through tax foreclosure, there is still a serious lack of information about what to do when your landlord doesn’t pay the taxes and the government becomes the owner of your home."

Click On Detroit - Channel 4 News
April 10, 2018
"The University of Michigan's School of Public Health and Poverty Solutions initiative are working with the United Community Housing Coalition, a nonprofit in Detroit, to raise awareness about a program that can reduce property taxes for low-income residents."

Michigan Radio
April 9, 2018
"Ted Phillips, director of United Community Housing Coalition, says the Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) isn’t renewing two grants UCHC relies on for 40% of its annual funding. “We’ve had a housing placement program the entire time that I’ve been here since 1986. And the thought of that being lost is just devastating,” Phillips said."

Detroit Free Press
April 9, 2018
"The defunding of UCHC has been a long time coming, according to Ted Phillips, the executive director of the program. 
While Phillips acknowledges that it could be tempting to some to want to tie the cuts to President Donald Trump — in February the administration announced its 2019 budget, which included an $8.8-billion cut in HUD funding — Phillips contends that the reality goes farther back. 
UCHC's homeless placement program is considered a "supportive service" — it counsels individuals through the housing system, versus providing actual housing — and for years, HUD has been deprioritizing such services, encouraging local entities who divvy out the funding — known as a Continuum of Care — to rank lower grant applications for support."

Fox 2 News
February 27, 2018
"There are stories of racially and socially diverse tenants living together inside the halls of an apartment complex in Detroit at MLK and Davenport, formerly named the Milner Arms Apartments. Now it's being renovated, renamed and soon to be reopened. 
The Hamilton, as it will be called, will forcefully push back any semblance of gentrification in Detroit. Claudia Sanford is proud.  As organizer of the United Community Housing Coalition, she's an advocate for Detroiters who want a fair shake. 'If we're not there then a lot of people fall through the cracks. This kind of project would be more difficult and the stress for tenants would be much greater than it already is,' she said."




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