Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact

About Us

Modeled after a successful 10-year collaborative initiative in Chicago, the goal of the Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact is to strengthen the single-family housing delivery system by bringing together public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic stakeholders to take collective action and regularly collaborate around strategies for building healthier housing markets in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

Mission & Vision


The Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact is a forum for collaboration and collective action by public, private and non-profit stakeholders to strengthen the single-family housing system in Detroit neighborhoods.



We believe that all Detroiters should have diverse housing options and that quality single-family homes, for both renters and homeowners, are fundamental for creating strong neighborhoods in Detroit. We support the development of neighborhoods that are racially and economically inclusive, where all residents have access to economic opportunity.

The Housing Compact Organizational Structure

Detroit Future City serves as the convening entity, network builder, advocate, problem-solving, program and strategy development and communications, and resource hub.

Advisory Committee: 40+ organizations that meet quarterly to foster improved communication, collaboration, and alignment among stakeholders.

Single-Family Rental Working Group: 45+ organizations who meet monthly to develop strategies to increase the quality and stabilize conditions of single-family rental homes.

Homeownership Working Group: 55+ organizations who meet monthly to develop strategies to increase pathways to affordable homeownership of single-family homes.

DNHC Goals & Progress

In April of 2018, the DNHC established the following initial goals:

– Build the capacity of the renovation delivery system to renovate, maintain and reuse single-family homes at the scale necessary to address Detroit’s housing needs and aspirations.

– Preserve Detroit’s single-family housing stock to strengthen neighborhoods and retain current residents.


Though these goals, three pilot concepts emerged and are likely to be implemented in 2020:

Establish a loan product and other resources to support code compliance by small landlords.

Establish a pilot with BECDD, which builds the capacity of CDOs to implement an acquisition, rehab and resale program.

Establish viable pathways to affordable homeownership for low-income renters through a pilot program with clients of the United Way/LISC’s network of Centers for Working Families.


Over 100 stakeholders focused on strengthening single-family housing in Detroit neighborhoods. Our goals for 2020 are to solidify the role of the Compact as an influential forum fostering cross-sector collaboration around single-family housing in Detroit, lay the groundwork for long-term Compact sustainability, and catalyze at least three core initiatives to advance collectively determined objectives.


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2020 and Beyond Goals Include:

Stronger communications across all Compact partners and related activities.

Greater use of data, research, and maps for systems-level alignment.

Develop methods to measure the impact.

Ecosystem mapping.

Diversify funding sources for longer-term activities.

Greater alignment between Compact’s work and DFC’s charge and mission.

I.e., African American Middle Neighborhoods

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