Healthy Homes Detroit Project underway in Skillman-funded neighborhood

DETROIT – CLEARCorps/Detroit, on behalf of its 23 public, private and nonprofit partners, accepted a check for nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aimed at eliminating health and safety hazards, including lead and asthma triggers, from Detroit homes to make them safer for children and families.

The Skillman and Kresge foundations contributed a total of $140,000 in 2010 to allow for the creation and launch of the Healthy Homes Detroit Pilot Project, which enabled development of the model and the assessment and remediation of 20 homes.

The Healthy Homes Detroit Project will use the funds to create approximately 100 safe and healthy homes, as well as utilize a case management approach, to work with families living in the target area to develop a healthy home action plan, while project partners assess, inspect and repair the residential units.

CLEARCorps/Detroit’s partners have contributed $1,334,918 in in-kind resources and services, which will be combined with HUD grant monies to create an investment pool of more than $2.3 million to fund the Healthy Homes Detroit project. An important goal of the project is to promote fair housing and environmental equity in the city. Home repairs and improvements completed through this project will increase the quality of housing for families living in the Northend Central Woodward area, one of the Foundation’s target neighborhoods.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods –Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central Woodward and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.