Detroit Home Repair Resource Guide connects homeowners with home repair assistance

October 31, 2019

Contact: Lauren Slagter, lslag@umich.edu, 734-929-8027

DETROIT – In a city with aging housing stock, home repair resources are critical for Detroit residents to maintain safe and stable housing.

Click on the image to open a PDF of the 2019 Detroit Home Repair Resource Guide.

A new Detroit Home Repair Resource Guide published by Poverty Solutions in September aims to better inform Detroiters of available home repair programs so they can leverage the resources they need to keep up their homes.

Each program description in the guide includes the name of the program and administering agency, eligibility requirements, income guidelines, area of availability, type of repairs, how to apply, and contact information.

The guide is organized in the following sections:

  1. Home Repair Loan Programs
  2. Home Repair Grant Programs
  3. Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Programs
  4. Community-based Home Repair Programs
  5. Home Repair Advocates
  6. Glossary
  7. Detroit Home Repair Ecosystem Map

Download a PDF of the 2019 Detroit Home Repair Resource Guide

Despite the efforts of local government and nonprofits in the home repair ecosystem, Poverty Solutions’ research found there are simply not enough resources available to meet demand in Detroit. Many programs are at capacity, with long waitlists. And many residents most in need of home repair resources often do not qualify for programs from which they could benefit. Ryan Ruggiero, who was the research lead in compiling the home guide, also completed an analysis of existing needs in the home repair ecosystem and provided options for addressing them.

“My hope is that stakeholders will use my research to more strategically leverage funding, expertise, and resources to more effectively and holistically address housing inadequacy to improve health, educational, and economic outcomes for Detroiters,” said Ruggiero, a graduate student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and intern with Poverty Solutions’ Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility.

Corrections, additions, or other feedback on the Detroit Home Repair Resource Guide can be emailed to povertysolutions.research@umich.edu.

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Internship spotlight! 💡 Ryan Ruggiero (MPP ’20) was in #Detroit this summer, working with Poverty Solutions. ⠀ We talked to Ryan and got an inside look into her internship experience. 🔍 ⠀ 1️⃣ Q: Welcome to the Ford School’s #Interngram! Where were you working this summer? ☀️ ⠀ A: This summer, as an intern on Poverty Solutions’ Detroit Economic Mobility team, I analyzed, evaluated and mapped out the home repair ecosystem in Detroit. ⠀ 2️⃣ Q: What was your role in the Detroit Economic Mobility team? 📈 ⠀ A: Interviewing key housing organizations, analyzing American Housing Survey data and providing recommendations to the City of Detroit to revamp their home repair programs. ⠀ Huge racial and economic disparities exist in housing quality for both renters and homeowners in Detroit and it’s imperative a coordinated, collective effort takes place to improve housing quality for low-income households as a precursor for economic mobility. ⠀ 3️⃣ Q: How could your work be used moving forward? 🏙️ ⠀ A: My hope is that stakeholders will use my research to more strategically leverage funding, expertise and resources to more effectively and holistically address housing inadequacy to improve health, educational and economic outcomes for Detroiters. ⠀ ⠀ . . . #fordschool #umich #goblue #annarbor #michigan #intern #publicpolicy #internship #umsocial

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