Our Why

  • The developer’s agreement with the Detroit Lank Bank Authority allows him to purchase homes for ONLY $500 each and lots for $300. While in contrast, public buyer price starts at $1,000 for homes and vacant lots must be purchased at market value.
  • The developer has no proven track record and made virtually no progress since his 2015 deal.
  • Detroiters, with a vested interest in the community, have repeatedly been denied the opportunity to purchase homes and lots, because they were reserved for the developer.
  • Our community continues to lose homes to arson, despite being under “24/7 security.”
  • Home ownership is the leading way to accumulate generational wealth.
  • Detroit Land Bank Authority owns more than 90,000 parcels - more land than all other cities’ land banks, combined.
  • With an 80% Black population, Detroit is the Blackest major city in the United States.
  • For more than a decade, Detroit was the poorest big city in the United States. Detroit now ranks second, with 30.6% of residents living below the poverty line.
  • Until the early 2000s, Detroit, Michigan had some of the highest rates of Black homeownership in the country. After the Great Recession, the percentage of African Americans who own their homes in Michigan dropped down more than any other state, to 40%.
WITH ALL THIS LAND & OUR PEOPLE IN NEED OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, DETROIT IS WELL-POISED TO TRY A NEW APPROACH