Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact Newsletter – September 2021

September 30, 2021

Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact September Newsletter

September Agendas

Rental Work Group: September 21 from 9:00am – 10:30am

  • Compact Updates
  • Presentation: Single Family Rental Strategy Presented by City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department, Landlord Study Presentation by Data Driven Detroit and Detroit Future City, and Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition Discussion by Matt Sattler, Director of Lead Services at CHN
  • Discussion
  • Partner Updates

Homeownership Work Group: September 21 from 10:45am – 12:15pm

  • Compact Updates
  • Presentation: ARPA Homeownership Appropriations Presented by Keegan Mahoney
  • Discussion
  • Partner Updates

Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact August Meeting Recap

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Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact August Meeting Recap

Rental Work Group

Michael Centi Department Director, Integration at Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency shared an update on the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program. The update included a reminder of how CERA spending works, where we are in terms of spending, the recapture dates for unused funds, and lessons learned from the program so far. View the slides here.

Diane McCloskey, Executive Director of ClearCorps Detroit, shared an update on proposed changes to the City of Detroit’s Rental Ordinance. Joined by Lead Enforcement Work Group Members Mary Sue Schottenfels, Teresa Holtrop, Lyke Thompson, and Jeremy Westcott, Diane explained how the rental ordinance connects with lead safety, and why some of the proposed changes could have a negative effect on Detroiters.

Lead Advocates had concerns/objections to the proposed change that would allow for the suspension of Risk Assessments’ after a few years. This would mean that landlords would be allowed to eventually rent out their properties without any third party inspection for lead. As lead hazards and lead dust normally return (unless full abatement of the entire property is completed) this is unacceptable. View the slides here.

Homeownership Work Group

Doug Ortiz, Master of Public Policy Candidate at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Intern for DFC’s Center of Equity Engagement and Research presented a policy brief that explores the intersection of Home Repair and Accessibility. Doug graduated from DePaul University in Chicago and worked as a Research Associate at Mathematica for two years. Doug Doug is pursuing mission-driven, community-engaged, equity-centered work in the public and nonprofit sector involving public policy and research that advances economic mobility and quality of life.

The policy brief seeks to advocate for housing equity and provide actionable recommendations to increase accessibility and home repair resources in Detroit. Doug shared a presentation outlining the high level findings in his research; keep an eye out for the full brief coming this Fall. View the slides here.

Announcements and Resources

Rental Ordinance Update

Detroit City Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee met on 9/13/21 to hear public comment and arguments for the proposed changes to the City of Detroit Rental Ordinance. Tom Goddeeris, COO at Detroit Future City, attended the City Council meeting and made public comment on the proposed changes to the rental ordinance. We will continue to keep Compact members updated on this situation, in partnership with the Lead Enforcement Work Group.

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CDAD Community Development Week

CDAD is hosting Community Development Week from Sept 13-18th. There is a great slate of sessions available, many of which touch on housing.

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Detroit Financial Well-Being Initiative

United Way of Southeast Michigan and UM Poverty Solutions are planning to launch the Detroit Financial Well-Being Initiative and Innovation Challenge this summer. Learn more by clicking on the button below.

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UM Poverty Solutions: Child Tax Credit

There is a new Child Tax Credit available for families with children under the age of 17. Check out UM Poverty Solutions’ page describing the credit and who is eligible.

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Data Driven Detroit: Housing Information Portal

The Housing Information Portal serves as a centralized source of information about housing and neighborhood-related demographics in Detroit. This tool expands on Data Driven Detroit’s 2018 Housing Portal to provide even more detailed information about parcels and properties in Detroit neighborhoods, and the people who occupy them. For more information on the portal, click here. Access the portal by clicking the button below.

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