Ypsilanti Housing Commission

A New Resource For Renters Unhappy With Landlords

Nov 18, 2014
Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti renters having trouble with landlords have a new ally.  The Ypsilanti Tenants' Rights Association recently formed to advocate for renters having trouble with issues like harassment, neglect, or landlords who won't perform maintenance requests.

Alex Upham is a member of the Association, which was to introduce itself at Tuesday night's Ypsilanti City Council meeting. 

He says they're asking council to do what it can to help.

Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti's Hamilton Crossing housing area has come a long way since the days when it sat run down and nearly empty, a magnet for crime with boarded up windows.  Both Hamilton Crossing and its residents are doing much better now.

Tax credits helped pay for renovations at the property, and the Family Empowerment Program has been helping residents improve their lives. 

Low Income Housing
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Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night approved the second and final reading of legislation to sell the city's remaining public housing stock to a private owner.  

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission will be a partner with the new owner.  

Zachary Fosler is the Housing Commission's Executive Director. He says having the public housing facilities under private ownership will make it easier for the properties to get the renovations and maintenance they need, since federal money for public housing improvements is no longer available.  

Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Council last night approved a recovery agreement and action plan for the city's struggling housing commission.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Bob Eccles

A recovery plan for the troubled Ypsilanti Housing Commission has been approved by city council.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Bob Eccles

Two members of Ypsilanti City Council walked out of last night's meeting to protest the Mayor's refusal to fire the city's Housing Commission members.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Council has decided to essentially fire the city's housing commission. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on the action taken by council Tuesday night.