Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact

Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact

What is the Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact?

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The Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact is a forum for regular collaboration and collective action by more than 80 public, private and non-profit stakeholders.

The Compact’s central goal is to increase the availability of stable, healthy, and affordable single-family homes for both renters and homeowners in Detroit.

Detroit Future City serves as the backbone organization of the Housing Compact.  We convene regular meetings of Compact stakeholders to provide information and research to inform dialogue leading to the development of policy and action proposals.   

Collective Impact is an approach to addressing complex social problems through cross-sector collaboration and resource alignment. The magnitude of the problems cannot be addressed at scale without collective impact.

DFC serves as the backbone of this “collective impact” initiative. We convene the stakeholders on a regular basis, provide information and research to inform Compact discussions and lead the development of policy and action proposals.

Why Does The Compact Matter?

There are 203,700 single-family households in the City of Detroit, making it the most common type of housing in Detroit neighborhoods.

The majority of single-family renters and homeowners cannot afford their housing costs, including maintenance.

There are too few move-in ready homes for homebuyers, particularly at an affordable price point.

Home repair programs don’t exist at the scale to address the need, further lower-income people are most impacted trying to locate and apply for support.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for household stability. New strategies of support will be needed when eviction and foreclosure moratoriums are lifted.

What are the Goals of the Compact?

The overall goal of the Compact is to increase the availability of stable, healthy and affordable single-family homes for both renters and homeowners in Detroit. Within this context, the Compact is focused on these objectives:

– Increase the availability of move-in ready homes for sale to new homebuyers.

– Improve the quality of single-family rental housing without decreasing affordability

– Improve housing conditions for low-income homeowners.

– Reduce household displacement due to foreclosure, evictions, and economic hardship.

Current Initiatives

Each month, staff and Compact members exchange data on housing challenges facing low-income households to inform strategies for household stability. This includes:

– Collective Action Plan presented to Compact members in Spring 2020. (Report available here.)

– Partnership with Enterprise Community Partners to publish acquisition-rehab case studies report.

– Launch and lead a pilot project to build a non-profit capacity to renovate vacant homes for new homeowners. (Report available here.)


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