Update: We’ve raised over $75,000 to Stop Evictions and Build a Land Trust
We are overwhelmed with the amount of support from the local, national, and international community of allies who have shown up to help #KeepOurHomesDetroit, whether by making financial contributions, sharing the message and vision with friends and family, or both. Your help is what has made this possible, and has us feeling confident we will hit our fundraising goal.
Today is the sixth full day of #KeepOurHomesDetroit and we’re heartened by the great amount of support! As of noon today we have raised over $75,000 of our $100K goal and will be increasing our efforts as we encourage people to donate on or before this Wednesday, October 21st, when auction bidding ends.
While we will be accepting donations to support the payment of back taxes and repair beyond the auction, funds donated before October 21st will help us increase the number of homes we are able to ‘win back’ over the next 3 days at auction.
This morning, our partners at the United Community Housing Coalition ‘won back’ the first home from the list we’ve identified with our partners and members! We will continue bidding over the next 4 days and continue to share our progress.
Please watch this video that documents the important work of UCHC and shares Tiffany’s and how she was about to save her grandmother’s house with their help.
Video Credit: Kate Levy, Thank You
A note about NEXT STEPS:
As the next few days unfold and we are able to follow up with families to share the results of the auction—hopefully all success stories—we will begin to schedule a series of workshops with several purposes. The workshops will be designed to:
· Build relationships amongst those most directly impacted by housing insecurity across Detroit using story, peer support, and popular education.
· Increase education about what tools and resources are currently available for those most directly impacted by housing insecurity and the threat of displacement.
· Build the base of a growing housing justice movement for homeowners and renters that is led by those most directly impacted by housing insecurity.
Detroit People’s Platform has already laid the foundation for such work in the Brightmoor, which most recently culminated in a Homes For All Renter’s Assembly on October 10th. Along with our allies at the Right to the City Alliance, People’s Platform uses a broad definition of “renter” knowing as we do that even homeowners with mortgages, and homeowners with over-assessed property taxes are ultimately only in their homes at the pleasure of the banks or the county, who can take away owners’ homes for nonpayment of taxes or mortgages, even in the case of sudden but temporary financial hardship, such as illness or family emergencies. Thus, we see our fates as intertwined and believe in the importance of fighting for decent, affordable housing as a basic human right and building a strong movement from the ground up to secure policy changes and representation that will make it so.
Again, thank you all for your support. Please continue to share and look for updates on our work as the auction comes to close on Thursday.