A network of residents, community organizers, attorneys, skilled trades persons, church members, students and seniors organizing to assist families into abandoned Detroit homes and support the safety and security of neighborhoods and communities.

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  • People's Plan offers democratic alternatives Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM) published their "People's Plan for Restructuring Toward a Sustainable Detroit" with a vision of self-governance and equal access to resources. It's worth reading the entire proposal, and we especially like the section on Community Life. Urban homesteading, properly implemented nuisance abatement, dollar-a-lot program, rent control, land trusts are among the ideas reflecting the needs of the people. Read and download the plan from d-rem.org/peoplesplan.
    Posted Mar 6, 2014, 3:08 PM by Rosanne Freed
  • The Return of Trickle Down Nuisance Abatement? City Council is giving the Detroit Land Bank Authority the power to sue the owners of blighted properties. The public/private entity hopes to expedite Mayor Duggan's effort to deal with abandoned homes. However, it looks like they're emulating Wayne County's defunct Nuisance Abatement program, rather than the city's which is still on the books. This is important, because in contrast to the more cumbersome but democratic Detroit nuisance abatement ordinance, which allows normal citizens to move into, fix up, and eventually own abandoned property, the Wayne County NA model is quicker, cleaner, and much more authoritarian. While in principle the WC model can work, this is shaping up to be a giant handout to the ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2014, 2:23 PM by Rosanne Freed
  • Housing Rights and Advocacy Slideshow Check out our Power Point slideshow: "Low-Income Housing Strategies & Rights Advocacy in Detroit."
    Posted Nov 23, 2013, 10:14 AM by Michigan WRO
  • "Blexting" through WhyDon'tWeOwnThis The tech folks at http://whydontweownthis.com are inviting smartphone users to take photos of tax foreclosed properties across Detroit for posting on their auction map. Seems like an interesting idea but could be problematic if eager, amateur photogs haven't done their foreclosure homework. Check it out for yourself: http://whydontweownthis.com/blexts#11/42.3580/-83.0923
    Posted Nov 8, 2013, 10:57 AM by Sylvia Orduno
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