Rebuilding Home Together

Rebuilding Home Together is a city-wide housing delivery system meant to position community development organizations (CDOs) to purchase, rehab and sell affordable single family homes in neighborhoods across Detroit. 

In 2019, a dedicated cohort of eight Community Development Organizations (CDOs) representing all seven Detroit City Council Districts launched a three year pilot with the goal of rehabbing about 108 homes in 8 Detroit neighborhoods, utilizing $4 million in rehab public and private subsidy funding, securing $2.8 million in revolving working capital lines of credit and generating nearly $18 million in new mortgages for over 100 families. 

RHT features include:  

  • A single point of entry for funding (working capital, pre-development funding and rehab subsidy);  
  • A shared rehabilitation service to achieve economies of scale;  
  • Capacity support through training and technical assistance for the CDO participants; 
  • Coordination of multiple house-sourcing strategies; 
  • Linkage to existing housing counseling services to facilitate the readiness of resident homebuyers; 
  • Flexible end mortgage/down payment assistance facilities that partner non-profit lenders with banks;  
  • A cohort approach that opens up opportunities for CDO practitioners to learn from each other; and,  
  • Coordination of the whole system with key intermediaries. 

Rebuilding Home Together could not do this work without the support from Detroit City government recognizing  CDOs as critical partners, providing city funding for the work, and ongoing partnerships with CDOs to help fulfill the city’s master plan and other neighborhood plans. 

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