Thirty Years of Affordable Housing Advocacy in Detroit
United Community Housing Coalition Programs
Housing Homeless Families
UCHC housing placement counselors work with homeless families in shelters, on the streets and in substandard or overcrowded housing, to identify decent and affordable housing opportunities and help the families relocate.
The counselors interview the family to determine needs, locate potential affordable housing units, inspect the housing to assure that it meets basic housing quality standards, negotiate rental agreements and move-in costs, and assist the families in identifying and obtaining resources to enable them to move in.
The program is available for persons who are homeless or are in immediate jeopardy of homelessness (facing evictions, utility shut-offs, or living in substandard housing).
Attorneys and paralegals work with low-income families facing rental evictions, mortgage foreclosures, or land contract forfeitures in order to help them preserve their housing. They also assist families facing homelessness as a result of lock-outs, illegal utility shut-offs or major repair problems.
Attorneys represent families in the courts and in administrative hearings with governmental agencies providing housing subsidies, in order to enforce the law and preserve rights to decent and affordable housing.
Improving Neighborhoods Through Community Building
Community organizers work with groups of low-income residents to multi-family apartment buildings to obtain repairs and improve housing conditions in these communities.
Typical issues include threatened or actual utility shut-offs, repairs, building security, rental rates. lease terms, demolition or conversion of affordable housing units and other subsidized housing rights.
Organizers meet with resident groups and assist with the development of a comprehensive strategy to resolve problems, including negotiating disputes with building owners and governmental agencies as well as providing support for court action to obtain repairs.
Property Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project In partnership with Michigan Legal Services, the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project is designed to assist low-income homeowners of Wayne County, MI save their homes from foreclosure.
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