Deborah Strong Housing
Named after a longtime housing advocate, Deborah Strong Housing, located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is the first of several developments to benefit from the Strong Families Fund (SFF). SFF is an innovative pilot pay-for-performance effort to finance social service coordination and affordable housing. The project was developed by the Ypsilanti Housing Commission and Chesapeake Community Advisors, and consists of the rehabilitation of 112 units of existing family public housing developments, located on 12 scattered sites. Prior to the rehabilitation of these developments, residents were living in substandard conditions. Insect-infestation, leaking roofs, security concerns, and lack of services and amenities plagued the lives of many residents were living in substandard conditions. Insect-infestation, leaking roofs, security concerns, and lack of services and amenities plagued the lives of many residents. Thankfully, a multi-layered effort to transform the community and better the lives of those residing in Ypsilanti, has been put into action.
The Deborah Strong Housing project includes the rehabilitation of existing public housing units. Recently completed, the project consists of 112 units over 12 scattered sites, including eight one and two-story duplexes and 19 one and two-story garden-style buildings. Three of these sites are apartment complexes of 36 (formerly Paradise Manor), 34 (Hollow Creek) and 26 (Towner Apartments) units. Nine additional sites offer duplexes with two to ten units located at each site. These units were originally built in the 1970’s and the combination of the housing’s age and HUD’s insufficient funding for adequate maintenance had resulted in substandard housing. All units are targeted to families earning 60% AMI or less. Additionally, all 112 units will provide Section 8 Rental Assistance as a result o the conversion of this public housing through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program. The unit mix includes 31 one-bedroom units, 28 two-bedroom units, 34 three-bedroom units and 19 four-bedroom units.
These sites are all locate within four square miles of each other, are close to schools, commercial, recreational, and healthcare services.