Lead Safe Housing Relocation Resources

CLEARCorps Detroit Lead-Safe Relocation Map

CLEARCorps Detroit has developed an interactive map and sort-able spreadsheet of known lead-safe or abated properties to aid families with relocation. The map includes information on local property management organizations to identify low-cost, lead-safe, and newer rentals for families. Additionally, each pinned property contains information on rent price, section-8 availability, accommodations, lead-safety status, and other pertinent information to provide to families that need help finding a new home.



The intent of the map is to provide location, amenities, and contact information of properties believed to be lead-safe based on the age of the building or abated/renovated after 1978. Keep in mind that properties that have been renovated or abated may have developed lead hazards since the work was completed. Speak with the property manager to obtain the most up-to-date information on lead safety. Note: This map is not in real-time. Properties listed may not be currently available. We advise that you contact the property manager first to inquire on the availability of a listing.


For a printable PDF of the resource list, click here: Housing Relocation Resources.

Local Relocation & Housing Resources for Finding Lead-Safe Homes

Housing Placement Assistance

Building Families First Community Development Organization

  • Works to develop safe housing and offer homeownership assistance as means to assist residents with finding proper homes for their families and make a strong investment for their futures.
  • BFFCDO is an affordable housing provider for low-income households
  • Aims are to increase affordable housing stock for low and moderate-income households and revitalize undervalued and blighted neighborhoods
  • Contact: BFFCDO at: (313) 473-7583 or info@bffcdo.org

Community Home and Support

  • Helps the homeless or those in housing crises resettle in affordable and sustainable homes.
  • Contact: (313) 964-2566 or info@chsinc.org

Community Housing Network

Housing Resource Center

  • Provides trained housing specialists that conduct intake screenings. They will ask you questions about your goals, your current housing situation, your household, your income, and more. Your answers will help the specialist know what resources to recommend for you, including:
    • Community resources and programs that provide housing assistance
    • Affordable housing options
    • Information on subsidized housing and other long-term housing options

Homeownership Program

  • Homes are 100% move-in ready, up-to-date, and energy efficient.
  • Each homebuyer receives homebuyer assistance, based on their personal financial situation.
    • Homebuyer Assistance is a zero-interest, zero-payment second mortgage with the county, that is not due until the home is sold or ceases to be the owner’s primary residence. Community Housing Network suggests residents complete the CHN Homeownership Initial Eligibility Screening
    • Homeownership Program Contact: Rebecca Mix rmix@chcinc.net
  • Contact: (313) 263-7903

Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance

  • The Alliance has moved its housing program to a 22 square-block area on the east side of Detroit called Gratiot Woods. The organization has put in over $18 million in rental housing developments since 2006.
  • Application required to apply for housing within program.
  • Contact: info@dcpasite.com

Matrix Partnerships for Housing and Landlord Alliance

  • Assists individuals and families to find and maintain affordable housing. Services focus on improving employment skills, education and life skills, supporting self-sufficiency, recovery, parenting, and role modeling for a better life for them and their family.
  • Recognizes a need for graduated levels of independent living, Landlord Alliance relationships are expanding to congregate housing opportunities for those in need of more intensive case management and supportive services.
  • Contact: Debbie Blackman – dblackman@matrixhs.org

Nortown Community Development Corporation

  • Nortown CDC constructed 95 units of single-family residential units that provide quality, affordable housing to area residents.
  • Contact: (313) 891-7709 or VillageNDet@aol.com 

United Community Housing Coalition

Housing Placement

  • Works with individuals and families living in shelters, on the streets, and in substandard or overcrowded housing, to identify decent and affordable housing opportunities and help these individuals and families relocate
  • Housing counselors interview families to determine needs, locate potential affordable housing units, inspect the housing to ensure it meets basic housing quality standards, negotiate rental agreements and move-in costs, and assist in identifying and obtaining resources to enable families to move in.
  • Walk-in intake begins at 7:00am on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Intake is limited to the first 15 people. Located at 2727 Second Ave. Suite 313, Detroit, MI 48201.
  • Contact: ( 313) 963-3310



Utility Assistance

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department 10/30/50 Payment Plan

  • Down payment system for paying down past due water bills offered by the city of Detroit’s water department for Detroit residents.
  • A customer pays 10% of their balance as a down payment, and the rest of the balance is spread across a 12-24-month period to be paid in monthly amounts.
  • If customer defaults on the payment plan, they may re-enroll by paying 30% of their past-due balance. If customer defaults a second time, they may re-enroll again by paying 50% of their past-due balance. A third default results in dis-enrollment from the program.
  • Contact: (313) 267-8000

The Heat and Warmth Fund

Impacting Health through Energy Assistance to Low-Income Families Program (iHEAL Families)

  • For families with individuals that suffer from weather-sensitive health conditions or use medical equipment in their homes. Provides financial assistance for these low-income individuals. Application can be found here.
  • Contact: (313) 334-3645 or iHEAL@thawfund.org

DTE Low-Income Self-Sufficiency Program (LSP)

  • Offers reduced monthly payment based on income. The program pays the difference between the plan and the monthly bill from DTE & offers past due balance forgiveness. There are no late fees and service is protected from disconnection during enrollment. Application can be found here.
  • Contact: 1 (800) 866-THAW (8429)

Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency – Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund

  • For veterans and their families, who having temporary financial issues and need assistance with utility bills, vehicle or home repairs, medical, or other bills/debts. Application can be found here.
  • Contact: 1 (800) MICH-VET (1 800 642-4838)

Water Access Volunteer Effort (WAVE)

  • Water shutoff assistance for the city of Detroit.
  • Eligibility:
    • Requires that the account must be in resident or spouse’s name
    • Account must be in shut-off or have received shut-off notice (notice requirement waived for seniors 62 years old and up)
    • The maximum allowance is 50% of balance up to $500.
    • Documents needed are: water bill, personal identification, and proof of income.
  • Contact: (313) 267-8000

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Home Energy Supports

  • Assists with paying past-due utility bills (electricity and gas).
  • Contact: (313) 388-9799

Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP)

  • Assistance available up to $1,000 per household per year, $25 monthly bill credit, and help with arrears.
  • Provides a home water audit for households about 120% of average usage.
  • Home repairs are available up to $1,000 per household to fix minor plumbing issues.
  • Provides water saving kits.
  • WRAP-around services are available connect enrollees with other necessary assistance programs to support path to self-sufficiency. Application can be found here.
  • Contact: (313) 386-WRAP (9727)



Financial Assistance

MDHHS State Emergency Relief

  • If you need help with rent, rent arrearage, security deposits or moving expenses, you may be eligible for relocation assistance through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Online application can be found here.

MSHDA Down Payment Assistance Program

  • The program offers a zero-interest, loan to be paid back in full, with no monthly payments.  The maximum assistance is $7,500, a sales price no greater than $224,500, and household income limits depending on location and family size.
  • May be used for down payment, closing costs, prepaid/escrow expenses and a home inspection performed by a qualified home inspector. The homebuyer must complete a homebuyer education class and at minimum contribute one percent of the sales price.
    • For first time homebuyers, click here to find a MSHDA Experienced Loan Officer
    • For previous homeowners, click here to find a MSHDA Experienced Loan Officer



Legal Assistance

Detroit Buildings, Safety, Engineering & Environmental Department

  • For complaints about licenses, building problems, or other matters regarding businesses in Detroit
  • Contact:
    • Detroit License Center, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Suite 402, Detroit, MI 48226
    • (313) 224-3179 or (313) 224-0301
    • www.detroitmi.gov/bseed

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

  • Offers lawyers based on need
  • Contact:
    • Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold Street, Suite 1356, Detroit, MI 48226
    • (313) 961-6120

Lakeshore Legal Aid

  • Provides professional legal advice & counseling, document review & preparation, and negotiation, mediation, and representation in court.
  • Offers legal assistance on a variety of matters, including but not limited to: housing, employment, and public benefits (Medicaid, social security, etc)
  • Contact: (888) 783 -8190

Legal Aid Defender Association

  • Provides free legal guidance to qualified individuals on public housing & landlord-tenant matters.
  • Contact: (313) 967-5555 or visit www.ladadetroit.org

Michigan Legal Help

  • Provides self help tools regarding different cases of legal assistance, such as family, personal safety, housing, money/debt, public assistance, income tax, crime/traffic/safety, employment, end of life planning, education, immigration, and farmworker law.
  • Connects individuals with lawyers, self-help centers, community services, and courts/agencies.
  • Contact: michiganlegalhelp.org

Neighborhood Legal Services

  • Program includes help with: short and medium-term rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits/payments, moving costs, case management, outreach, housing search/inspection, legal services, credit repair, and financial literacy.
  • Contact:

State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Referral Service

  • For a $25 administrative fee, the referral service will connect you with a participating lawyer.
  • Lawyers that participate in the program will provide a free 25-minute initial consultation.
  • The administrative fee is waived for tenants with urgent housing matters, Social Security claimants, workers’ compensation claimants, and personal injury plaintiffs
  • Contact:

United Community Housing Coalition

Landlord Tenant Legal Counseling

  • Free legal representation for low-income tenants.
  • Represents clients in Non-Payment, Termination of Tenancy, and Health Hazard cases.
  • Walk-in intake begins 7:00am on Thursdays for individuals with a pending eviction case or other landlord tenant problem. Limited to the first 15 people. However,
  • Individuals with a judgement or court date for eviction may come any time.
  • Contact:
    • (313) 963-3310
    • 2727 Second Avenue, Suite 313, Detroit, MI 48201

Tenant Housing Clinic

  • For those seeking legal representation from attorneys. Cases with same-day court dates with be scheduled with priority.
  • Availability limited to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 36th District Court, Room 417.



Home Insurance

Michigan Basic Property Insurance Association

  • Offers basic property insurance to those who are ineligible in the voluntary market.
  • Contact: (313) 877-7400

State Farm – Southwest Detroit

  • Local state farm agency that works with low to moderate income households to provide property insurance
  • Contact: Sonia Alvarado – (313) 554-1500 or sonia.alvarado.eqzy@statefarm.com



Home Repair Assistance

City of Detroit 0% Home Repair Loan Program

  • The City of Detroit offers eligible Detroit homeowners a ten-year, 0% interest home repair loan, with loan amounts ranging from $5,000 and $25,000. Through this program, individuals are only responsible for paying back what they borrow.
  • Application can be found here.

Intake Centers for Home Repair Loan Program

  • Jefferson East Inc – Schedule an appointment for intake. (313) 744-6128 or homerepair@jeffersoneast.org
  • Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency – Schedule an appointment for intake. (313) 388-9799
  • Bridging Communities – Schedule an appointment for intake. (313) 361-6377

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

  • GRDC’s comprehensive approach to neighborhood stabilization uses strategies such as purchasing and renovating vacant homes, providing home repair grants and loans to low-income homeowners, organizing residents to combat blight, and marketing and promoting the neighborhood to new homebuyers.
  • Contact: (313) 387-4732 or info@grandmontrosedale.com

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Weatherization Assistance Program

  • Installs insulation, attic ventilation, weather guards for windows and doors, examination of heating and cooling systems, and includes a home energy audit to assist with managing home energy use and reducing energy costs.
  • Contact: (313) 388-9799



Housing Education

Building Families First Community Development Organization

  • A HUD program that assists families with Housing Choice or Section 8 Vouchers with homeownership counseling, including sessions to educate on financing, home repair, and setting up escrow.
  • Contact: (313) 473-7583

Bridging Communities, Inc.

  • Housing Counseling workshops are available on the finance, upkeep, taxes, and more for homeowners seeking to get a better understanding of responsibilities.
  • Workshops are Thursdays 11:00am – 3:30pm and Saturdays 10:00am – 3:30pm. Call to reserve spot in class.
  • Contact: (313) 361-6377

Community Housing Network

Homeowner Education Workshops

  • Cover budgeting, saving for a home, down payment assistance options
  • Determining when you are ready to buy
  • The loan process and how to avoid predatory lending
  • Choosing the right home for you
  • The home inspection process
  • Homeowner responsibilities and home maintenance. Register for a workshop here.
  • Contact: (313) 263-7903

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

  • Regularly hosts orientations that overview what it takes to buy a home, services that can help with pre-approval, and assistance that is available.
  • Connects enrollees with a financial and homebuyer coach to aid with finding affordable mortgages and down payment assistance.
  • Contact: (313) 388-9799 or (734) 284-6999


Translation Assistance

Bromberg Translation Services

  • Aids with translation, interpretation, and cultural awareness for any language
  • Contact:

Rosa’s Profressional Translators

  • Aids with translation for Spanish and English
  • Contact:
    • 3437 Bagley Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216
    • (313) 297-6625

Transportation Assistance

Vehicles for Changes

  • Provides vehicles via low-interest car loans (under $1000).
  • VFC makes repairs to cars as needed.
  • Includes 6 month/6,000-mile warranty.
  • To learn about eligibility, click here.
  • Contact: (313) 388-9799

Mortgage Assistance

Consumer Affairs