Improving Housing Stability

A stable home is the foundation for a stable community. Access to safe, secure and affordable housing leads to better educational, employment and health outcomes. It also creates opportunity for generational wealth-building. Put simply, residents who are stably housed can build better lives for themselves and their families.

From addressing Detroit’s tax foreclosure crisis to streamlining access to home repair funding, improving housing stability is a key pillar of our mission to create more equitable opportunity within our community.

Breaking the Cycle of Property Tax Debt

Property tax foreclosure has been the biggest contributor to housing instability in the city of Detroit over the last 15 years. It erodes homeownership, accelerates blight, and significantly reduces equity and wealth for residents by diminishing property values. Dan Gilbert has been personally involved in efforts to address this issue since 2013, when he co-led […]
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Protecting Renters from Evictions

The Gilbert Family Foundation’s commitment to housing stability is not only focused on Detroit homeowners, but also renters, who are uniquely vulnerable to displacement. According to research conducted by the investment bank and advisory firm Stout, originally commissioned by the Rocket Community Fund, only four percent of tenants in Detroit have access to legal representation […]
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Unlocking Home Repair Resources for Detroit Homeowners

According to the University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study, an estimated 37,630 Detroit households live in “inadequate” conditions. This issue is particularly prevalent for low- and moderate-income residents, who are more than twice as likely as upper-income residents to have inadequate housing conditions. Unsurprisingly, research also shows that Detroiters unsatisfied with the condition […]
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