Rent-To-Own Tiny Homes In Detroit Give Hope And Equity To Low-Income Residents (video)


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Last fall, Cass Community Social Services began building tiny homes as a way to help the low-income population in Detroit. The next six are ready for occupation.

Tiny Homes Detroit is a way for low-income individuals to become homeowners. Other tiny home communities have developed in the country, notably in Austin, but Detroit’s differs in a few ways. This is the only rent-to-own model in the country. Austin’s is located on the outskirts of the city, while Detroit’s is well within the city. Austin also uses a variety of trailers, tents, and tiny homes, while Detroit is only building tiny homes here.

This model of housing gives residents an asset that will help them to grow into something bigger in the future without sustaining a large debt load.  

The houses vary between 250-400 square feet and each is architecturally different. Some are studios, while others have a loft, and some have a separate bedroom. Herman Miller and Interior Lifestyles donated furnishings and time. When we visited, many Ford employees were volunteering their time, adding finishing touches to the homes.

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