Info Action Brief

Looking to dive deeper? These links will take you to summaries of research, best practices, and resources about key topics related to housing in Detroit.

What does affordability mean in Detroit?

Understanding the breadth of affordability issues in Detroit from resident’s financial health to cost of amenities to challenges renters face sheds light on the next steps that communities can take to provide more stable housing options.

Affordability by the Numbers

Detroit’s housing is split evenly between owners (48%) and renters (52%) with around 29% of the 364,900 housing units sitting vacant.

Over half of households with incomes below $35,000 pay over 30% of their household income on housing costs.

According to the City of Detroit’s Inclusionary Housing Study, only 23% of units are affordable to extremely low income households.

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