Housing Task Force

To learn more, please contact our  Director of Community Development  Andrea Benson at  or 313-331-3280

To learn more, please contact our Director of Community Development Andrea Benson at or 313-331-3280

A multi-sector effort to increase access to affordable housing. 


Established in November 2017, our Housing Task Force works to increase the supply of affordable housing, reduce the inventory of vacant and abandoned homes, and improve upkeep of homes by homeowners and landlords in the Chandler Park neighborhood. Our goal to share the best practices learned from this process with other communities on Detroit's east side.


To develop a plan highlighting opportunities and strategies that respond to both assumptions and the realities of affordable housing in Detroit's Chandler Park neighborhood.


1. Create quality, affordable housing opportunities to maintain and attract renters and homeowners.

2. Ensure lasting affordability by maximizing the impact of existing community resources.

3. Stabilize existing housing stock (occupied or unoccupied)

4. Capture best practices to transfer to other communities within LEAP.

Research-based planning

Our housing task force is developing plans for the Chandler Park neighborhood based on research provided by the Harvard University Community Development Program and the University of Michigan Taubman School of Architecture and Planning

Harvard University Community Development Program
The Harvard University Community Development Program - a joint program of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design - provided preliminary research for our task force, evaluating the relative strengths and benefits of different affordable housing ownership options (i.e., rental, land contract, land trust, limited equity coop). 

At the end of this research, the Kennedy School identified models and examples of best practices that could be used to implement the ownership options researched above in Chandler Park and city-wide.

This resident-driven research project was covered in  Bridge Magazine.

University of Michigan Taubman School of Architecture
The Taubman School of Architecture researched rental housing in Chandler Park - evaluating the quality and condition of rental housing and landlord-tenant challenges, and developing a pilot project to provide training and support for landlords and renters in the area.

In late 2017, the Taubman School released "Insecurity Deposits: Addressing the Challenges of Rental Housing in Detroit." This report shares data and research regarding rental and ownership trends in Chandler Park, provides recommendations for responding to identified challenges, and highlights opportunities associated with these trends. Our task force will incorporate the Taubman School's recommendations into our final report this summer.

Read the full Taubman School report below.

Task force leadership

Darnell Adams
Detroit Land Bank Authority

Eboni Wells
Chandler Park Neighborhood Association

Member Organizations
313 Historic Preservation
Brick + Beam
Building Community Value
Chandler Park Neighborhood Association
Community Choice Realty
Community Development Advocates of Detroit
Detroit Future City
Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit
Genesis HOPE
Harvard University
Invest Detroit
LifeBUILDERS Detroit
Michigan Historic Preservation Network
MACC Development
Michigan Community Resources
New Start Construction
Rock Ventures
University of Michigan

Practical Preservation Workshop Series

Our Practical Preservation Workshop series is kicking off this summer in partnership with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. The free workshops are designed for homeowners, landlords, and tenants interested in repairing or maintaining older buildings. All workshops will be held at the ECN main office at 4401 Conner, Detroit, MI 48215.

Masonry Repair & Maintenance
5:30PM - 8:00PM

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018
Weatharization & Energy Efficiency
5:30PM - 8:00PM

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018
Proactive Preservation
5:30PM - 8:00PM


**Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

university of michigan school of public health & poverty solutions initiative

In April 2018, the UM School of Public Health & Poverty Solutions Initiative partnered with the United Community Housing Coalition to release the following video - raising awareness about a program that helps low-income Detroit residents reduce their property taxes.