Nkafu Fomenky

  • Hosted by Michigan Legal Services
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, Michigan Legal Services
  • Service location Detroit, Michigan
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program AmeriCorps VISTA

The Project

The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) project builds the capacity of tenant associations in eligible Project based Section 8 HUD-assisted properties to increase tenants knowledge of their rights, responsibilities and options for preserving and improving their homes and communities as affordable housing.

There is a high need for preserving affordable housing within the City of Detroit as thousands of low income persons are experiencing evictions and homelessness. Outside of the VAHPP at UCHC and MLS, there are no other groups in Detroit assisting tenants with their organizing efforts. Some Landlords and managers in eligible Project Based Section 8 HUD assisted properties treat tenants, many of whom are seniors and disables, like children without providing them the basic respect they are due.

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