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Fighting Urban Blight with Dainty Dwellings

Tiny homes in Detroit are part of a rent-to-buy housing program giving low-income residents the chance to achieve home ownership.  A nonprofit, Cass Community Social Services, has designed an innovative rent-to-buy housing program that gives students, seniors, the formerly homeless and other low-income Detroiters the chance to achieve something that may not otherwise be financially feasible: home ownership.  If the square footage is 290 feet, the monthly rent is $290.  After seven years of continuous renting, residents will be given the opportunity to own the house and the surrounding lot so long as they volunteer weekly within the community and join a homeowners’ association.

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