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People's Plan offers democratic alternatives

posted Mar 6, 2014, 2:44 PM by Rosanne Freed   [ updated Mar 6, 2014, 3:08 PM ]

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

The Return of Trickle Down Nuisance Abatement?

posted Mar 6, 2014, 2:23 PM by Rosanne Freed

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 heavily-subsidized corporate types who already view the city as a cash cow.

Housing Rights and Advocacy Slideshow

posted Nov 14, 2013, 3:10 PM by Sylvia Orduño   [ updated Nov 23, 2013, 10:14 AM by Michigan WRO ]

Check out our Power Point slideshow: "Low-Income Housing Strategies & Rights Advocacy in Detroit."

"Blexting" through WhyDon'tWeOwnThis

posted Nov 8, 2013, 10:57 AM by Sylvia Orduño

The tech folks at 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:

House Bid Workshops

posted Sep 21, 2013, 8:42 AM by Michigan WRO   [ updated Nov 14, 2013, 2:54 PM by Sylvia Orduño ]

Do you want to become a Detroit homeowner? Do you want to learn skills to repair and fix up a house? Are you interested in learning how to bid on a City of Detroit house?

If you answered YES to all of the above join us at:
House Bid Workshops
Wed, Sep. 11 at 6pm
Tue, Sep. 24 at 6pm
MWRO office, 23 E. Adams St, 4th floor, Detroit , MI 48226
(inside Central United Methodist Church)

Organized by Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Housing Is a Human Right Coalition. Reserve a space by calling MWRO at (313) 964-0618 or send an email to
Sign up for one workshop, space is limited to the first 50 people.

HHRC at the Occupy National Gathering

posted Sep 2, 2013, 6:05 AM by Rosanne Freed   [ updated Sep 2, 2013, 10:06 AM ]


Hundreds gathered in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 2nd Occupy National Gathering in August. Housing is A Human Right - Detroit headed a workshop on our current efforts to assist those threatened with homelessness to reside in abandoned housing. Audio of the session follows:

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HHRC-Detroit at Occupy National Gathering 2013

posted Aug 23, 2013, 2:33 PM by Rosanne Freed   [ updated Aug 23, 2013, 2:36 PM ]

Housing is a Human Right Coalition is part of Economic Justice Day at the 2013 Occupy National Gathering in Kalamazoo on Saturday, August 24. Our session, "Putting Families into Abandoned Homes," begins at 11am:

As more families are kicked off their public assistance due to time limits, and military veterans return home with little support for their well-being, grassroots people are working to find their own solutions. A Coalition of residents, attorneys, students, skilled trades persons, retirees and Occupy Detroit activists have assembled to assist low-income families move into abandoned bank-owned and city-owned Detroit houses. There are many lessons and opportunities and we are eager to coordinate this workshop to learn new models and strategies for addressing homelessness within neighborhoods struggling with foreclosure and blight.

Economic Justice Day takes place at the Wesley Foundation on 2101 Wilber Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49006.

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Legal Committee Meeting, July 8

posted Jul 7, 2013, 12:58 PM by Rosanne Freed

The next meeting of the HHRC Legal Committee is Monday, July 8 at 6 pm. The location is 7301 Schaefer, Dearborn, just north of Warren. We're planning strategy for outreach, discussing pushing the legal system closer to our goals, and snacking on whatever goodies appear in the conference room. See you there!

Legal Committee Meeting, July 1

posted Jul 1, 2013, 12:03 PM by Rosanne Freed

The next meeting of the HHRC Legal Committee is Monday, July 1 at 5:30 pm. The location is 7301 Schaefer, Dearborn, just north of Warren. All are invited!

Residents Meeting, June 3 at 5pm

posted Jun 1, 2013, 9:08 AM by Michigan WRO

The next meeting for Detroit residents who are interested in bidding on city-county owned homes is June 3, 2013 at 5pm at the MWRO office (23 E. Adams St.) If this is your first-time attending, please arrive 15 minutes early.

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