$20M fund to help Detroiters tap into home repair help

A new $20 million program aims to help more than 1,000 Detroiters access home repair resources, over three years, through a network of nonprofits. 

The Detroit Home Repair Fund — financed by the Gilbert Family Foundation, DTE Energy and health care organization ProMedica — was created to address the living conditions in Detroiters’ homes, officials said Tuesday during a news conference announcing the program. The result may be fixed roofs, stairs, windows, drywall and foundations. 

“We are about to break a cycle that has trapped thousands of Detroit residents over the last two decades,” said Laura Grannemann, executive director of the Gilbert Family Foundation. “Too many residents in the city of Detroit have faced a horrible decision: They either live in unsafe homes because they can’t afford critical home repair resources or they leave their properties — many of which have been in their families for generations.”