Low-Income Homeowners in Detroit Can Apply for $20 Million in Home Repair Grants
The Gilbert Family Foundation, ProMedica, and DTE Energy have announced a three-year, $20 million fund to help NGOs provide crucial home repairs to low-income Detroit residents. The grants will be available to Detroit homeowners who have applied for the 2022 Homeowner Property Exemption (HOPE) and have an income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Detroit Home Repair Fund (DHRF), which will be administered by Enterprise Community Partners and the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), will feature a $10 million contribution from the Gilbert Family Foundation, $8 million from ProMedica, and $2 million from DTE. The DHRF expects repairs will be made in several areas, including roofs, foundations, stairs, windows, and drywall. The fund will oversee all aspects of residential house repairs to expedite the experience for homeowners, as well as provide technical support and training workshops on complete evaluation tools, braiding funding, best practices, and standardization. Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, United Community Housing Coalition, Eastside Community Network, EcoWorks, Matrix Human Services, and CLEARCorps Detroit are among the current DHRF partners.
Jennifer Gilbert, the co-founder of the Gilbert Family Foundation, which is funding the program with $10 million, said “Stable housing is about more than a place to live, it is about ensuring residents and their families feel safe and secure in their homes.” The foundation’s investment is part of its $500 million commitment to building opportunity and equity in Detroit.
“There is already significant evidence that healthier, safer homes are critical for people to be healthy and to spend more time at school, work, and with loved ones and less time in the hospital,” said Randy Oostra, president and chief executive officer of Promedica.
For more details about DHRF, Detroit residents can call (313) 306-2082.