Detroit home repair program gets cash injection to replace roofs and windows

Detroit A city of Detroit home repair program received a $15 million grant this summer to help replace roofs and windows on more than 2,000 Detroit homes by 2024.

Renew Detroit is a free home repair program for eligible Detroiters age 62 or older who are disabled and have not received a subsidy in the past 10 years, said Heather Zygmontowicz, chief of special housing programs.

“It’s so important that we help long-time Detroiters stay in their homes, and one of the best ways to do that is to help them with the major repairs they can’t afford on their own,” said Detroit Mayor Duggan said in a statement Friday.

The program is funded by the US Federal Bailout Act as part of post-COVID emergency grants to support home and community services, said Tonya Joy, director of neighborhood housing initiatives for Michigan State. Housing Development Authority.

“This grant program will be transformative for homeowners residing in the city of Detroit. They will be able to make much-needed repairs to roofs or windows that they otherwise could not afford,” said Joy.

Renew Detroit has received more than $45 million in funding this year through the city and other grants

The program is currently going through the first phase of assessing and approving 1,100 homes for roof replacement, which is expected to begin in September. Contractors are still being hired to begin this process.

State Rep. Tenisha Yancey said based on her experiences in 2017, investment in Detroit’s residential homes is a must, not just rooftops.

“The first year I ran and literally had to jump over the porch because this lady’s porch was collapsing. And once I talked to her, I realized she needed extra services inside his house, his roof had been leaking for like three years,” Yancey said.

In the new phase of the repair program, new window replacements are available to further help homeowners, Joy said. The new funding will be used for window and roof replacement over the next three years.

Eligible Detroiter homes are researched and rated based on the condition of the home. After meeting the criteria, the home’s most urgent need will be considered for repair, Zygmontowicz said.

Owners can apply online for the program from October 1 to October 31 at or by calling (313) 244-0274 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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