Owning a home in Detroit comes with its own set of challenges. Next month, a new resource will open in Jefferson-Chalmers to help residents navigate these issues. The old Kresge building at Jefferson and Lakewood has been redeveloped and will serve as a resource hub with services to help homeowners with a variety of needs.
According to a press release, services will include home repair loans, housing counseling services, grants and resources; energy efficiency and utility assistance program implementation; weatherization readiness and rooftop funds; credit repair and recovery; financial education; public wifi and computer access; and Detroit Homeowners Property Exemption application support.
The effort was led by Jefferson East Inc. and supported by the Kresge Foundation, Bank of America, Invest Detroit, and more. It's also part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, a targeted effort to improve neighborhoods across the city.
“We are excited to announce the grand opening of the Neighborhood Resource Hub, which will serve as a home base where residents can easily access housing services, ensuring that Detroiters have the means necessary to stay in their homes and be a part of the city’s revitalization,” said JEI CEO Josh Elling. “The opening of the hub was an effort supported by and for the community, and we are immensely grateful to the partners who helped bring our vision to life.”
The redevelopment also includes a green stormwater parking lot to mitigate flooding, which has been a huge issue in the neighborhood in the past few years.
The Resource Hub will open January 18 and help will be available by appointment only due to the pandemic.