UCHC Detroit Affordable Housing Report
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Rocket Companies Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results
February 22, 2024
"In October, the Rocket Community Fund, a partner company, along with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the United Community Housing Coalition announced that 104 Detroit families were able to become homeowners through the Make It Home program in 2023, bringing the program's total to 1,500 families that have avoided tax foreclosure-related displacement since the program's launch in 2017. Make It Home enables eligible Detroiters occupying tax-foreclosed houses to become homeowners, rather than face eviction."
Detroit’s eviction crisis has seen massive change in 2023. We can’t stop now. | Opinion
Detroit Free Press
December 5, 2023
"Once upon a time in Detroit, the city’s eviction crisis was seen not as an issue of homelessness but as an issue of 'litter'..." writes Ted Phillips, Executive Director of United Community Housing Coalition.
UCHC helps save another family home from foreclosure
WDIV-TV/Click on Detroit
October 26, 2023
Since its inception in 2017, the Make It Home program has helped more than 1,500 Detroit families stay in homes facing tax-related foreclosure.
This year, over 100 families are participating in the program, including the family of Demetrius Brown.
“It’s important because I have three girls,” Brown says. “It’s important that they have somewhere safe and stable to live.”
WWJ explores the challenges of affordable housing in downtown Detroit
WWJ Newsradio 950
September 21, 2023
UCHC executive director Ted Phillips joined reporter Zach Clark this week on Clark's podcast "The Daily J" to discuss housing affordability in downtown Detroit and how some downtown office space is being repurposed for residential use.
"Part of the problem with ... mixed-income housing," Phillips says, "is that the mix is, like, 90-10 or 95-5 ... and sometimes that can be problematic for low-income persons that are living there, in terms of police enforcement being a little bit overly aggressive towards that population and other kinds of things like that."
UCHC firmly believes that Detroit needs more deeply affordable housing, both downtown and in the neighborhoods.
Why getting a mortgage in Detroit can be so difficult
September 13, 2023
Detroit’s Downpayment Assistance Program offers up to $25,000 for low-income buyers to put toward housing costs, an important tool for homebuyers navigating the city’s challenging mortgage landscape.
“It is the most flexible funding stream to buy a house that I’ve ever seen," says Detroit-based Realtor and UCHC board member David Palmer. "This is a really great opportunity for a lot of homebuyers.”
Why Detroit is providing lawyers to low-income residents facing eviction
WDET 101.9 FM
August 11, 2023
In recent years, only one in five Detroit tenants had full legal representation in eviction court, while landlords were four times as likely to have an attorney. Detroit’s new Right to Counsel law now provides free attorneys to income-eligible Detroiters facing eviction from their homes.
Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield joined WDET's Stephen Henderson this week to discuss how the new law is being implemented.
Low-income Detroiters facing eviction now have the right to a free attorney
August 10, 2023
Free legal help is now available for income-eligible Detroiters facing eviction from their homes. If you're a low-income resident of Detroit facing eviction, be sure to talk with a free legal-services lawyer before you agree to anything. It's your right.
UCHC executive director Ted Phillips recently joined Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield, Detroit Right to Counsel Coalition project leader Tonya Myers Phillips, and 36th District Court Chief Judge William McConico to help explain Detroit's new Right to Counsel law.
Low-income renters increasingly find themselves priced out of their own apartments
The Detroit News
August 8, 2023
According to The Detroit News, rising rents are putting housing out of reach for many. To rent a home in metro Detroit is, increasingly, to deal with rising prices unlike anything seen in the last 40 years. After decades of relatively modest but stable growth, the cost of housing in metro Detroit rose nearly 18% between the first half of 2020 and the first half of 2023. In practice, that means the typical renter could be putting hundreds of dollars more each month toward rent.
“More often than ever before, tenants need to be making three times what the rent is to even be considered for an apartment,” says UCHC executive director Ted Phillips. “For the lowest income group, that’s not something they do without a Section 8 voucher, and there aren’t enough vouchers to go around.”
Today renters often find that their landlords are no longer “Sally and Joe next door,” says Detroit Right to Counsel Coalition project leader Tonya Myers Phillips. Instead, she says, it’s corporate buyers and investors buying in cash — people looking to maximize an investment rather than create a community.
Electric food truck delivers fresh produce to low-income residents of Corktown's Clement Kern Gardens
The Detroit News
August 7, 2023
A crowd gathered around the electric vehicle parked outside the Clement Kern Gardens housing complex in Corktown on Monday. Packed with heaping boxes of fruits and vegetables, this unique food truck is on a mission to bring fresh local produce to food-scarce neighborhoods in Detroit.
Meanwhile, UCHC is on a mission to help prevent the displacement of low-income residents in Detroit. And so when Clement Kern Gardens is demolished and rebuilt later this year, UCHC will help its residents temporarily relocate to a new affordable-housing complex being built nearby in left field on the site of historic Tiger Stadium.
Clement Kern Gardens is at the center of the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant, which provides one-to-one replacement housing for affected residents.
For more info on the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, visit https://detroitmi.gov/node/37476