Rebuilding Communities One Home, One Family at a Time

Overview

The idea of Working Homes/Working Families is simple: Detroit has too many empty or abandoned houses. It also has too many families who lack adequate housing. By encouraging the donation of homes that would otherwise go unused, then utilizing the efforts of volunteers to refurbish those homes, needy working families can be given a decent, clean place to live.

Under the program, a family must pay the utilities and taxes, remain employed, and manage the home’s upkeep. If these requirements are met for two years, then the family may be given ownership.

Since October 2011, more than 40 families have received a fully-refurbished Detroit house through the program.

Working Homes/Working Families aims to encourage efforts between many parties. Cities thrive through neighborhoods. Neighborhoods need decent houses and people in them.

In 2015, WHWF embarked on a collaborative effort to begin an extensive rebuild of a half-dozen homes in an east side neighborhood near Courville and Mack called Morningside. Led by the Cooper Standard Foundation and DOW, it marked the first me that WHWF partnered with other entities to rebuild and refurbish homes. The partnership has also created playgrounds and parks to enhance neighborhood unity.

SAY Detroit is grateful for its relationship with Humble Design, a nonprofit organization that has done the interior makeover and design work for many of its homes.

News

Sharing the Giving: More than $1 Million Given to Detroit Charities

DETROIT, March 27, 2018 — Representatives from 22 area charities accepted checks totaling nearly $1.25 million on Tuesday from donations raised at Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon last December. The ceremony at the Fisher Building, which included six first-time...

“You Just Saved Our Life” Says New Home Recipient

It was a busy week for Working Homes / Working Families as two homes were given away to working women and their families, in need of housing. Debbie Clay, her daughter, and granddaughter were living in a homeless shelter for 8 months after going through hard times....

Higgins Park is Born!

City of Detroit, S.A.Y. Detroit, and Cooper Standard Collaborate to Construct Community Playground, Strengthen Neighborhood. DETROIT, MI — October 11th. In a continuing effort to revitalize city neighborhoods and beautify the community, the City of Detroit teamed with...

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