Residents in the area of Van Dyke and Outer Dr. are boarding up several abandoned houses on three blocks starting Friday.
“You look for one that’s decent, already fixed up,” the 58-year-old homeless woman said. She sees it as a community service.
Mayor Mike Duggan said the bills allow 20,000 Detroit homeowners the ability to avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.
The End Grain Woodworking Co. takes reclaimed wood from Detroit homes and incorporates it into new pieces for their clients.
Officials are working out the final details on which cities would receive how much, said Katie Bach, state housing development authority spokeswoman.
Lots on Detroit’s southwest and west sides will be featured Dec. 6 in what the city is calling the first in a series of “side lot sale fairs.” The program is part of Duggan’s blight plan for Detroit.
Motor City Mapping is working with the cities of Hamtramck and Highland Park in a “blexting” campaign, which is texting photos of blight in neighborhoods.
Peruvian developer Fernando Palazuelo bought the 40-acre site last year and wants to bring in apartments, retail, high-tech entrepreneurs, light industrial operations and artist studios.
“This federal, state and local partnership demonstrates a commitment to revitalizing our cities and to addressing the damaging effects caused by vacant and blighted properties.”
Those living in the homes can include squatters, renters or former owners who didn’t pay their taxes.