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UCHC Detroit Affordable Housing Report

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WWJ explores the challenges of affordable housing in downtown Detroit

WWJ Newsradio 950

September 21, 2023

WWJ Newsradio 950

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

Outlier Media

September 13, 2023

Outlier Media

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

WDET 101.9 FM

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

UCHC Detroit

August 10, 2023

UCHC Detroit

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

The Detroit News

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

The Detroit News

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

Two Detroit organizations work to provide affordable housing through creative design

WDET 101.9 FM

August 7, 2023

WDET 101.9 FM

With a median household income far below the statewide average, Detroiters face a relentless struggle to keep up with rising rents, often paying more than 30% of their income just to secure shelter.

As rising housing costs strain public access to affordable housing, could the way we design housing help provide more solutions in the city?

Affordable housing advocates Matthew Naimi and Oren Goldenberg, of Dreamtroit, and architect Breck Crandell joined WDET's Stephen Henderson this week to discuss why what's often considered “affordable” housing for Detroiters is actually based on averages between Detroit, Warren, and Dearborn.

Detroit’s affordable housing crisis and its impact on homelessness

American Black Journal

July 18, 2023

American Black Journal

This Week on "American Black Journal," ABJ takes a critical look at Detroit’s affordable housing shortage and its impact on homelessness in the city.

In Detroit, the intertwined issues of affordable housing and homelessness form a complex tapestry that weaves through the lives of its residents. The struggle to secure safe and affordable housing has become a pressing concern for many individuals and families, while homelessness threatens to erode the stability and well-being of those already struggling to make ends meet.

Rising costs and gentrification force locals out of downtown and Midtown

Detroit Metro Times

July 19, 2023

Detroit Metro Times

As real estate prices soar, Detroiters are struggling to maintain their homes and communities. The fear of displacement is omnipresent in and around downtown Detroit.

Over the past decade, the cost to live in many parts of Detroit has sharply increased, beginning in downtown and Midtown and spreading to Lafayette Park, the North End, Corktown, Southwest Detroit, Brush Park, and the area surrounding Eastern Market.

Relentless rent hikes are pushing out residents from areas that are considered safe and forcing them to leave the city or find apartments in less desirable and often neglected parts of Detroit. Many of those apartments aren’t registered with the city and have a history of being run by slumlords.

What does Michigan law say about the eviction process?

Detroit Free Press

July 25, 2023

Detroit Free Press

Now that major COVID-19 pandemic housing protections have ended, evictions are going up again, so renters need to know what Michigan law spells out for both landlords and tenants.

Eviction is the process that allows a landlord to legally remove a renter from their property. An eviction notice — sometimes called "notice to quit" or "demand for possession" — explains why a landlord wants a tenant to move and how much time the tenant has to act before court action.

A tenant is not required to move when the eviction notice expires. An eviction order allows a court officer to remove a tenant and their belongings from the property. Only a court officer may remove the tenant and the tenant’s personal items from the rental property — and only under a court order.

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