December 1, 2023

Detroit Home Repair Fund to assist low-income homeowners

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Detroit Home Repair Fund to assist low-income homeowners

Detroit — The Gilbert Family Foundation alongside healthcare system ProMedica and DTE Energy on Tuesday announced a $20 million fund that is anticipated to help more than 1,000 Detroit homeowners over the next three years.

The Detroit Home Repair Fund will build capacity for nonprofits to provide low-income homeowners in the city with critical home repairs. There’s no minimum or maximum amount that can be spent on each home.

Jennifer Gilbert, co-founder of the Gilbert Family Foundation, said the foundation is committing $10 million to start the initiative because they’ve heard the calls from homeworkers in need of assistance.

Detroit Home Repair Fund to assist low-income homeowners

The program builds off the Detroit Tax Relief Fund, also created by the Gilbert Family Foundation and Rocket Community Fund, to eliminate remaining delinquent property taxes for Detroit homeowners who have been approved for the Homeowners Property Exemption and the Pay As You Stay programs.

“We have stayed in contact with the homeowners who benefited from the property tax assistance and the first thing they consistently articulate is for home repair resources. We heard that need,” Gilbert said. “The Home Repair Fund will increase access to home repair resources and simplifies the process of distributing these dollars.”