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$100 million funding announced for five affordable housing projects in Detroit

The City of Detroit announced more than $100 million worth of housing investment in the city, all of which will go toward preserving affordable housing.

The funding comes from six competitive Low-Income Housing Tax Credit awards. which will fund five affordable housing developments in Detroit. The limited number of 9% low income housing tax credits (LIHTC) will help create or preserve 536 units of affordable housing across the city.


The original ‘carefree Black girls’ were fictionalized Cass Tech students from a Detroit author’s mind

When I started high school, there weren’t many young-adult fiction novels where I could see myself reflected in characters as a Black teenage girl that didn’t have to do with something tragic. 

There was Sharon G. Flake’s The Skin I’m In, which tackles colorism and bullying directed at a dark-skinned girl. Then there was Brenda Woods’ Emako Blue about a Black girl with a beautiful singing voice who dies violently before the book ends


The first people in line to see the Queen of Soul

LaTonya McIntyre had never seen Aretha Franklin in concert, never met her, nor had she even visited the Queen of Soul’s hometown. But on Tuesday morning, she was first in line to pay respects at the Wright Museum of during a four-day long memorial service for Franklin kicking off this morning.

Neither had Camille Howard, who flew in from Austin. Howard was the second in line; both arrived at 4 a.m. on Monday, and made fast friends over their love of the Queen.

Or wait…which day?

“Is today Monday?” McIntyre asked.


#QueerInDetroit: Snazz

“I really don’t like the term ‘coming out’, but I came out to my mother when I was 15. 

Right around the time when I first came out – this was 2005 or 2006, maybe 2004. At that time in the city, there was a lot to do. There were a lot of different bars across the actual city, not on the outskirts. There were tons of lesbian bars, clubs, everywhere. So my experience was that I got into these places pretty easily. I’m not sure why (laughs) but I would get into these places because that’s where we congregated.


#QueerInDetroit: Rayshaun

June is LGBT Pride Month. This month, The Neighborhoods will share the everyday stories of LGBT Detroiters under the hashtag #QueerInDetroit. You can follow these stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

“Feeling alone is the worst feeling. A lot of us go through that – periods of extreme loneliness, and we have to create our chosen family to get by.

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