The homes, located in the 6600 block of Buck and the 5900 block of Wilkie, are being sold by the Taylor Cares Program to Habitat for Humanity-Western Wayne County for administrative costs.
Habitat will use volunteers to make the homes livable and then place two qualified families into the homes.
Taylor Cares is the name of a program the city embarked on in September 2007 in which the city purchases homes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for $1. Typically, the program refurbishes the homes and sells them to qualified low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers.
To date, Taylor Cares has purchased 38 homes, has sold seven and is in the process of refurbishing others, using qualified local contractors.
Mayor Cameron G. Priebe said the partnership with Habitat is a win-win for the city. He said the transaction will make homeowners out of two families, will fill two previously vacant homes, will rehabilitate the dwellings and will put the homes back on the tax rolls.
Alice Dent, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Western Wayne County, said Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses, sheltering more than a million people in 3,000 communities in 100 countries. Founded as a Christian organization, Habitat welcomes volunteers from all walks of life. Homeowners contribute sweat equity and a down payment in exchange for a 20-year, 0-percent mortgage.
Dent said Superior Staffing Innovations and J.P. Properties are the sources for funds used to purchase the homes from Taylor Cares.
“The Taylor properties will be the first rehab projects for Habitat for Humanity Western Wayne County,” Dent said. “Rehabbing homes versus building from the ground up will help us to increase our capacity while getting partner families in homes faster.”
Habitat built a home in Taylor in 2003.
“We are interested in building communities,”
Like Taylor Cares, Habitat is interested in placing individuals in homes.
“Habitat for Humanity is honored to partner with the City of Taylor to make a significant impact on the community and in the lives of low-income families that are in need of affordable housing,” Dent said. “These abandoned homes will soon have children playing in the yards, flowers blooming, grass cut, tax-paying citizens and, more importantly, changed lives.”
Dent said families are lined up to move into the homes and assume mortgages. Both are single mothers with three children. One family currently resides in Romulus; the other resides in Garden City.
She said the plan is to move the families into the homes as soon as they are finished, contingent on the partner family completing the sweat equity requirement.
“The families are currently working on sweat equity on our homes we are currently building in the City of Inkster on Dunning Street,” she said. “One of the criteria to qualify for our program is that each adult partner family members is required to contribute 250 sweat equity hours. Of these hours, 100 must be completed on their home.”
Dent said Habitat for Humanity is thankful to the city and its other partners.
“We are grateful to Mayor Cameron Priebe and the City Council and particularly Jon Belanger and Debbie Knight (of the Taylor Cares Program) for nurturing this process and assisting with the acquisition of the homes on Wilkie and Buck streets,” she said. “We are also grateful to Superior Staffing Innovations and J.P. Properties for donating the funds for us to purchase these homes.”
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