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Mission, Vision, and Values

MISSION:

Our mission is to keep Detroit at home. We believe that stable families build strong communities. We seek to create opportunities for stability through homeownership by collectivizing social, monetary and knowledge-based resources in order to change outcomes for families at risk of losing their housing to tax foreclosure.

VISION:

We envision a Detroit where families survive threats to housing security, thrive  as homeowners, and drive​ those opportunities in the community.

Survive

  • Making a house a home by helping families buy the houses they already live in.
  • Retaining homeownership for people at risk of losing their homes through information and outreach.

​Thrive

  • Building homeowner expertise to sustain long-term ownership.
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  • Securing the sanctuary of home for children

Drive

  • Support residents to become advocates for their neighbors.
  • Collaboratively provide resources and information in solidarity with community groups.

VALUES

Information

  • We believe that people have a right to information that can help them save or retain their own homes.
  • We believe in the power of collaboration, both in building and distributing resources.
  • We believe in equitable access to information, especially when it relates to local government
  • We believe in fair and honest representation of the realities of the ongoing housing crisis in Detroit

Humanity

  • We believe in empathy and understanding as tools for fostering neighborhood stability and effective mutual aid.
  • We believe that people have value beyond their financial means.
  • We value black lives, and preserving black communities throughout Detroit.
  • We believe that supporting women and children can have the most significant positive impact on the community at large.
  • We believe in the symbolic image of a tricycle in a front yard as a sign of the joy of childhood, the sanctuary of home and the community of neighborhood.

Housing

  • We believe in equitable access to safe and secure housing for all.
  • We believe in homeownership as a tool to stabilize families, schools and neighborhoods.
  • We believe there is greater social benefit in keeping families in their homes than in finding homes for people who have already been displaced.

Equity

  • We believe that the opportunities for property and residential ownership should be made available to residents before investors.
  • We believe in the power of homeownership in Detroit as a form of reparations for the historical and present-day practices of redlining, the removal of public housing, exploitative and insecure housing options, disinvestment and absentee slumlords.
  • We believe everyone has the right to a home.