Fayette- the Detroitoholic
“I tell people I’m a Detroitaholoic- that means I’ve been gone and I’ve had dreams of how I could get back home…I’ve been here over 50 years, I’ve never wanted to go anyplace else”
At last year’s “Home Is…” storytelling event, guest speakers from The Tricycle Collective shared their experiences of fighting for their homes through the tax foreclosure crisis. Fayette’s rental property went into foreclosure in 2014 without her knowledge, and she missed her chance to bid on it. No one else bid, and the house fell to the ownership of the Land Bank. Fayette held on in that home for over 2 years, trying to buy her house and trying to find a way to get her water service turned on. Her cat was snatched off her porch by feral dogs and that was the last straw. She was set up with senior housing in downtown Detroit, and the Brightmoor house that she tried to save sits vacant, awaiting demolition. Fayette has a rich story and a lot of wisdom to share.