Detroit Housing Status Improves

Detroit Improves Housing

DETROIT, MICH (WXYZ) - Detroit got another shot in the arm from the Federal government Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, is taking Detroit off the "troubled designation list." The Motor City has had a place on the list since 2005.

Members of the Recovery and Prevention Corp and the Minneapolis Office of Public Housing came to Detroit in May to look things over and examine the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) and the Housing Commission's Choice Voucher Program.

They found that Detroit has earned a "standard performer designation" and deserves to be taken off the troubled list.

The SEMAP evaluates how the Housing Choice Voucher Program is working and if it's helping families to decent rental property with the proper financial assistance.

Executive Director of the Detroit Housing Commission Eugene Jones says, "We are extremely proud to have been removed from the troubled list and being able to start the management transition of the DHC back to the City of Detroit. All the issues that were identified in 2005 have been resolved."

The Detroit Housing Commission sees to it that there is good affordable housing in a decent environment.

Jones adds, "Since being placed on the list, we have worked very hard to make the necessary changes so that we could serve our residents better and provide them with the quality, affordable housing that they not only need, but that they deserve. Looking ahead, the Detroit Housing Commission will continue to move forward as a high performer."

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