Detroit Evening Report: Developers break ground on $17M Maya Angelou Village housing community, Detroit leaders celebrate

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Illustration of the new Maya Angelou Village in Detroit.

Illustration of the new Maya Angelou Village building scheduled to open in 2024 in Detroit.

City of Detroit officials, including Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Pro Tem James Tate, announced a new housing community on the city’s northwest side.

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The new supportive building is in collaboration with non-profit Alternatives for Girls (AFG), which is an organization dedicated to helping at-risk girls and young women have a safe space. The Dr. Maya Angelou Village will be located on Burt Rd, near Grand River and McNichols, in Detroit’s Miller Grove neighborhood.

AFG says they received approval from the family of Angelou to name the complex after the author, poet and civil rights icon.

“Her memory and words will serve as an inspiration for the residents of the neighborhood and all of Detroit for generations to come through this new development,” said AFG CEO Amy Good at a press conference. “Though affordable housing is an imperative in Detroit, we didn’t want to provide a place only to sleep and eat. We wanted to create a space that serves the whole individual. This center advances AFG’s mission to meet housing and supportive services needs of young people across Detroit and will be a place where lives are changed.”

The three-story $17.3 million building, scheduled to open in early 2024, will feature 45 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing. It is designed to address the needs of young adults and families who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.

Not only will the project provide much needed safe and affordable housing, but it will also include indoor and outdoor community amenity spaces, as well as case management offices to get residents the services they need to achieve the healthiest outcomes.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.