This year marks Dream of Detroit’s sixth anniversary. The organization has successfully rehabbed 12 homes, trained 65 entrepreneurs, planted over 100 trees, and engaged 500 volunteers. Its most recent project is Project Homecoming. Located on the west side of Detroit, Project Homecoming is a renovated five-bedroom transitional home that provides housing and job training for Muslim returning citizens. The returning citizen Dawud Clark currently serves as the house manager. The transitional home is expecting four to five residents, and Clark’s responsibilities include maintaining a smoke, alcohol, and drug-free living space as well as helping residents set up. Dream of Detroit also partners with other organizations including Detroit-based Muslim Family Services which offer counseling services for residents and is paying for the house’s utilities. Tayba Foundation, another partner of Dream of Detroit, offers life skills education and re-entry and case management in-kind to the residents. Dream of Detroit also collaborates with ProsperUs as its residents participate ProsperUs’s entrepreneurship training courses. The Project plans to train the residents in construction trades so they will be able to work on nearby houses that are waiting to be renovated. The organization estimates that at least 15 more properties bounded by West Davison street, Davison Freeway, Glendale, Lodge Service drive, and 14th street will go under its impact area. It has mostly worked on single-family renovations and duplexes but is looking to transition into building ground-up.
Dream of Detroit has not only rehabbed homes – they have changed the trajectory of blocks under their impact areas and more blocks nearby.