Detroit roof repair program flooded with overwhelming number of applications

DETROIT – Recently Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced a plan to repair 1,000 roofs for low-income Detroiters.

So far, 5,000 people have applied and the city expects that number to double by the end of the month.

“It’s like a 117 year old house,” said Warren Culberson.

Culberson said the house on Beewick Street in Detroit has been part of his family since the 1960s. As with anything that falls apart over time.

“The roof. There’s a big hole in the back roof, in the flat roof. It’s dripping down,” said Culberson.

Culberson said he recently received an estimate for roof repairs.

“The cost was $ 11,000,” said Culberson.

In early October, the city of Detroit announced a $ 30 million program to replace 1,000 roofs for low-income seniors and homeowners with disabilities over the next year.

It’s called Renew Detroit. It comes from the $ 400 million in state COVID-19 recovery dollars the city received.

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“We have around 5,000 applications today. The need is unbelievably great. We know home repairs are very important here in the city of Detroit, ”said Heather Zygmontowicz, Detroit chief of Special Housing Programs.

Zygmontowicz said there are other programs that can help as well.

“They cover a lot of different things, so there are smaller repair grants, big grants for home repairs. There is one for homeowners and one for tenants, ”said Zygmontowicz.

There are certain requirements for the program. Click here for more information.

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