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March 23, 2023

Is rent control right for Detroit?

In a number of Michigan cities, including Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids, more than one in four renters are spending at least half of their income on rent. That’s got some people revisiting an old idea: rent regulation.

UCHC executive director Ted Phillips wonders what could've been if a proposed 1988 rent control ordinance had been enacted in Detroit. The measure would've required rent increases to be tied to building improvements, among other things. In Detroit today, few rentals have a certificate of compliance. Phillips calls it one of the most-violated laws in the past 30 years.

“Had we been allowed to go forward back then," Phillips says, "I think you would see a very different city today."

Click the link below for the full story from Michigan Radio.

Feb. 7, 2023

Long-awaited program to help Detroiters facing eviction ready to launch

Next month, the City of Detroit plans to launch a long-awaited program that will provide free lawyers for low-income Detroiters facing eviction. The United Community Housing Coalition is poised to play an instrumental role in the program.

For the full story in the Detroit Free Press, click the link below.

Jan. 16, 2023

Detroiters march to honor MLK's commitment to end housing discrimination

Attorney Tonya Phillips with the Detroit Right To Counsel Coalition addressed the MLK Day crowd about the need to fully fund the city's effort to provide legal representation to those who may not be able to afford a lawyer for dealing with a number of issues, including eviction proceedings.

Failing to fund the city's mandate to provide such services, she said, would be an "indifference to human suffering that Dr. King renounced."

For the full MLK Day story in the Detroit Free Press, click the link below.

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