Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has announced a new program that will allow renovations and repairs for elderly and disabled Detroiters as part of a federal and local partnership. Renew Detroit, an initiative funded by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, will began accepting application this Friday, October 8th. $30 million is said to be the budget slated to be used for repairs for home owners aged 62 and older as well as residents with disabilities.
Mayor Duggan said in a press conference last Thursday, “We have watched literally hundreds of thousands of Detroiters move out of the city in the last 20 or 25 years, we wanted to prioritize the homeowners who stayed, and reward them for doing that.” Duggan also said, “We’re going to triple the amount of money that is going to low-income homeowners in the city of Detroit to repair their homes, this is going to raise the housing stock, and raise neighborhood values all across the city.”
80% of the request that were sent in from home owners were regarding their roofs. As a result, roof replacements will be the main priority says mayor Duggan. Duggan also says that the goal is to repair at least 1,000 roofs in Detroit within the first two years, beginning in the spring of 2022. According to The Detroit News, the city of Detroit will begin accepting applications at 9 a.m. on Friday and will continue through the end of the October. Applications can be filled out online or by phone by dialing (313) 244-0274. Here are the qualification needed in order to be eligible, for the repairs:
- Age 62 or older, or of any age with a disability
- Approved for a property tax exemption through the Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP), recently re-named the Homeowner Property Exemption (HOPE).
- Have not received a home repair grant from the city of $10,000 or more in the past 10 years.