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10Dec

Detroiters catch a break with 0% interest Home Repair Loan

“Squirrels were in my attic; plaster fell in my living room. It was just horrible.”

Detroiter Linda Childs has lived in her east side home for more than 30 years. The three decades have been kind to her, but not so much to her house. For Childs and many other homeowners, it’s been difficult to secure a loan for needed home improvements.

According to a Zillow report, almost 80 percent of applications for FHA-backed home improvement loans were denied in 2013. Insufficient collateral and poor credit were cited as the reasons for denial.

10Dec

Detroit Fire Department shares tips on how to safely decorate your home!

The holidays are underway in Detroit and everyone’s getting their house in a festive mood. But before you deck those halls, be sure you are taking every safety precaution to avoid a fire this holiday season.

The Neighborhoods team caught up with Senior Fire Prevention Inspector, Captain Chris Dixon, to talk about how we can keep our homes safe while we trim the tree and light the menorah or kinara!

Jamilah Jackson:

01Dec

Detroit at work!

Unemployment and underemployment have shaken many families across the country; Detroit is no exception. 

Fortunately, there is help.

Detroit at Work is unique because it works directly with employers in the metro Detroit area to find out what their needs are.

“You really get a leg up because you’re being screened directly by someone who is recruiting on behalf of local employers,” said Michelle Rafferty, Detroit at Work, Chief Operating Officer.

21Sep

22-year-old college student pursues her dream as an entrepreneur

As early as elementary school, Jonae Maxey remembers seeing the negative effects of drugs and crime in her eastside Detroit neighborhood.  She has also witnessed friends and family members choose the wrong path and could have easily been right along with them, if not for her parents. 

“They instilled the values of responsibility, being secure with who I am, and the importance of helping others,” said Maxey. 

04Sep

International Day of Charities: RAWS Michigan

Sept. 5 is International Day of Charities. The international day of giving began after the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution in 2012 to observe and honor Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The Nobel Peace Prize winner was known around the world for her devotion to ending poverty. International Day of Charities urges the public to continue Mother Teresa’s legacy by giving to those less fortunate and helping to end poverty worldwide.

01Sep

Detroiter Saves Big on Auto Insurance… and You Can Too!

On July 2, auto insurance reform was implemented in the State of Michigan, meaning lower rates for many drivers. Detroiters are already taking advantage.

Known as Peggy to family and friends, Gladys A. Noble, a senior citizen, has lived in Detroit for more than 50 years. She’s seen auto insurance rates skyrocket, especially for those living in The D.

“I had to choose between putting food on the table or paying my auto insurance,” said Peggy. And there’s no doubt, those words resonate with countless residents.

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