DETROIT (AP) — A foundation linked to billionaire Dan Gilbert is investing $13 million in a fund to help low-income Detroit residents facing eviction.
The Gilbert Family Foundation said Monday that $12 million will be invested over three years in three Detroit-based organizations that will provide legal representation to tenants with children.
It is expected to benefit nearly 6,000 families each year. Funding will go directly to the United Community Housing Coalition, Michigan Legal Services and Lakeshore Legal Aid, which will administer the program. They will also hire lawyers, legal supervisors and legal aides.
The Gilbert Family Foundation has also allocated up to $1 million for a long-term study of the program’s effectiveness and the city’s eviction defense ecosystem.
City authorities recently passed an ordinance that provides tenants facing eviction legal representation in all eviction proceedings and housing-related administrative proceedings that threaten occupancy.
“The Detroit Eviction Defense Fund will even out the scales of justice for vulnerable tenants, who deserve the opportunity to stay in their homes and enjoy lasting housing stability,” said Jennifer Gilbert, who with her husband Dan Gilbert , are the co-founders of the foundation.
Dan Gilbert is founder and chairman of Rocket Companies, which includes mortgage provider Rocket Mortgage.
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