Be A part of Detroit’s Inclusive Future!

When Mayra Torres received a letter from her new landlord, it was her first notice that her house had been sold. Worried, she reached out to Raquel Garcia. As Global Detroit’s director of housing and special projects, Raquel serves as an invaluable resource to her Southwest Detroit neighbors, connecting them to community resources and helping them navigate often-confusing processes.

Through a county records search, Raquel verified that Mayra’s house had been sold in the Wayne County tax foreclosure auction. The new owner planned to increase rent, so Mayra decided to purchase a home, helping her avoid future rent increases and deepen her roots in the community where she owns a business and her children attend school. Raquel then helped Mayra, a Spanish speaker, navigate the process to buy a home through the Detroit Land Bank. Just over a year ago, Mayra became a proud Detroit homeowner.

Since 2014, Global Detroit has helped Southwest Detroit residents purchase more than 50 vacant homes through the Detroit Land Bank and Wayne County tax auction, enabling them to build capital and make lasting investments in their neighborhoods. This effort is part of our Opportunity Neighborhoods work, which connects immigrants and immigrant families with the resources they need to put down roots and thrive here in Detroit.

Since moving into her new home, Mayra and her husband have put on a new roof, rebricked a crumbling porch and refurbished their floors. “The emotion of being a homeowner is very deep,” says Mayra. “We begin to dream as a family about how we will fix our house up.”

Mayra has gone on to purchase another home–the very one she once rented–while also expanding her business, Lotus Essences. “I feel that my purpose here is deeply intertwined with Detroit’s resurgence,” she says. “My growth is like watching Detroit grow. I feel deeply connected to this city.”

Global Detroit’s Opportunity Neighborhoods program connects Detroit’s immigrant communities with homeownership and home repair programs, community engagement opportunities, small business support and other resources they need to put down roots and thrive here in Detroit. Show your commitment to a more vibrant and connected city with a donation to Global Detroit.

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  1. Inno Policy on May 29, 2019

    Decades from now, 2015 could be remembered as Detroit’s pivot toward inclusive growth. The exit from bankruptcy should prove the ultimate nail in Detroit’s six decades of decline. And with it, 2015 provides the unique opportunity to finally shift Detroit from a past tense to a future tense city: a Detroit with greater promise than past glory.

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