The City of Detroit is on a mission to create more affordable housing. One program, in particular, is helping landlords rehab apartment space above their storefronts.
In 2017, the Southwest Detroit Business Association launched a pilot program funded by the Kresge Foundation to renovate several units, which are still occupied today. The City of Detroit is expanding the program with an extra $305,000 worth of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.
The program is just one component of a $203 million housing plan announced last month that aims to create new rental housing, help renters become homeowners, improve the quality of existing rental units and help connect residents with housing-related services.