Detroit Evening Report: Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood offering community-led affordable housing

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The city of Detroit, the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance and additional funders are redeveloping vacant duplexes in the Osborn neighborhood.

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For the first time ever, the city is making duplexes available for low-income homebuyers that could also benefit low-income renters.

The Alliance is a neighborhood-based nonprofit with experience in single-family home rehab projects. They will be renovating three vacant duplexes on Mapleridge St. between Gratiot Ave. and Schoenherr Rd. in District 3.

The homes will offer six new units of affordable housing, featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms in each one. The duplexes will be sold at discounted rates to homebuyers with incomes of 80% or below the area median income.

Whoever purchases the duplex will live in one unit and rent out the other. The rental units will be offered as affordable housing to households with incomes up to 60% of the area median income and have Section 8 Housing vouchers.

The Detroit Land Bank Authority formerly owned the duplexes that were vacant for more than a decade. The full renovation of each property will be completed by the end of this year.

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.