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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.

Renters and Owners in Detroit

The American Dream or Just and Illusion? Understanding Land Contract Trends in the Midwest Pre- and Post-Crisis

Ann Carpenter, Taz George, and Lisa Nelson (2019)

This paper examines trends of land contracts across six states. The paper finds that land contracts are more likely to exist in low income neighborhoods with higher rates of vacancy, more non-white residents, and lower access to mortgages.

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