Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Abandoned Detroit Building Converted To Apartments For Homeless

April 15, 2011 8:30 AM

DETROIT (WWJ) – The old Michigan Bell building in Detroit is being converted into an apartment building for the homeless.

WWJ’s Rob Sanford reports work will get underway next week on the housing project.

The $5 million project calls for the construction of 155 one-bedroom apartments, along with in-house services for the homeless.

Neighborhood Services Organization developed the project. The organization raised 80% of the renovation costs, with the rest made up of donations from several foundations and business organizations.

Also moving into the 255,000 square foot building will be a federally funded health care clinic.

The hope is that construction can be completed by the fall of 2012.

[Source:  CBS Detroit]


Jeff Slater said...

I'm very excited to see this happening in the city I love!

Larry James said...

Yes, and I hope to visit this project later this year.

rcorum said...

Projects like this just make sense, and in the long run probably save money.

Anonymous said...

I think, ultimately, the vast majority of funding for this project came from federal, state, and local taxes. Here is the Neighborhood Service Organization budget for FY 2009:

State of Michigan 1,578,371 6%
County Community
Mental Health A gency 10,806,531 43%
Oakland County
Community Mental
Health A uthority 952,293
City of Detroit 808,803 3%
Consumer Link
Network, Inc. 4,454,158 18%
Network, Inc. 3,127,256 13%
United Way for
Southeastern Michigan 768,408 3%
Other Grants
and Contracts 2,494,434 10%
Total Annual Budget $24,990,254 100%

Anonymous said...


If you're right, that sounds like a solid public-private partnership and like a great use of tax dollars to me!


Anonymous said...

One evening as the sun went down
And the jungle fires were burning,
Down the track came a hobo hiking,
And he said, "Boys, I'm not turning
I'm headed for a land that's far away
Besides the crystal fountains
So come with me, we'll go and see
The Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
There's a land that's fair and bright,
Where the handouts grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night.
Where the boxcars all are empty
And the sun shines every day
And the birds and the bees
And the cigarette trees
The lemonade springs
Where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
All the cops have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
The farmers' trees are full of fruit
And the barns are full of hay
Oh I'm bound to go
Where there ain't no snow
Where the rain don't fall
The winds don't blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
You never change your socks
And the little streams of alcohol
Come trickling down the rocks
The brakemen have to tip their hats
And the railway bulls are blind
There's a lake of stew
And of whiskey too
You can paddle all around it
In a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
The jails are made of tin.
And you can walk right out again,
As soon as you are in.
There ain't no short-handled shovels,
No axes, saws nor picks,
I'm bound to stay
Where you sleep all day,
Where they hung the jerk
That invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
I'll see you all this coming fall
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

Larry James said...

Anon 10:49, such compassion.