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Join us for an important look at housing on the Eastside in the 50th anniversary year of the Fair Housing Act


Join us for a riveting program!

Housing challenges and opportunities are omnipresent on Detroit's eastside. Vacancy, foreclosure, increasing rents, unclear land contract terms and many more issues face tenants and homeowners and the community at large.  Our Housing Justice on Detroit's Eastside Summit will feature keynote speaker, Dr. June Manning Thomas, celebrated urban planning expert, author and teacher from the University of Michigan A. Alfred Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning, along with seven panels of experts on a wide range of topics.

A G E N D A - 

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Hot Breakfast (catered by Detroit Green Carrot)

9:00 - Don't Touch My Water (short documentary) in Auditorium

9:30 - ECN Annual Meeting

10:00 Dr. June Manning Thomas, Mary Frances Berry Distinguished Professor / Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

"Race and Housing on Detroit's East Side"

MORNING SESSION (11:00 - 11:45)

1. Keeping it in the Family: How to Maintain Possession of  our Home- moderated by Dr. Robin Boyle, Wayne State University Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning

Confirmed Panelists: Laura Granneman, Quicken Loans; Marilyn Mullane, Michigan Legal Services; Roy Freij, Wayne County Treasurer's Office

2. Protecting your Family: How to Maintain a Healthy Home -  moderated by Professor Peter Hammer, Wayne State University Law School and Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights 

Confirmed Panelists: Michelle Lee, Jefferson East; Linda Smith, U-SNAP-BAC; Jennifer Reinhardt, Michigan Historic Preservation at Work; Thomas Gilchrist, ClearCorps Detroit

3. Building Wealth: How to Get Started in Real Estate Investment - moderated by Nate Barnes, Invest Detroit

Confirmed Panelists: Arthur Jemison, City of Detroit Housing  & Revitalization Department; Darnell Adams, Detroit Lank Bank; James Feagin, Developer and Consultant

4. Housing for Everybody - moderated by Orlando Bailey

Confirmed Panelists: Donna L. Givens; Arthur Jemison, City of Detroit Housing & Revitalization Department

5. How to Maintain Housing Stability on Your Block - moderated by Tom Goddeeris, Detroit Future City


12:00 - 12:50 LUNCH and RESOURCE FAIR in Cafeteria (Basement) Our Resource Fair will offer great information from a broad assortment of housing-related programs from 12:00 to 3:00PM.



6. Quality Affordable Housing: Inclusionary Housing and Rental Code- moderated by Andrea Brown, Michigan Association of Planning

Confirmed Panelists: Mary Sheffield, Detroit City Council; Andre Spivey, Detroit City Council; Tom Goddeeris, Detroit Future City

7. Alternative Community Development Models - moderated by Chase Cantrell, Building Community Value

Confirmed Panelists: Amina Kirk, People's Platform; Lauren Hood, Community Development Consultant; Kwaku Oseii, Cooperative Capital; Damon Dickerson, Architect and Small-Scale Neighborhood Developer ; Raul Echevarria, UNI

8. Alternative Home Ownership Options -              moderated by Professor Eric Dueweke, Univ. of Michigan/Taubman College Urban and Regional Planning Program

Confirmed Panelists: Ted Phillips, United Community Housing Coalition; Michelle Oberholtzer, United Community Housing Coalition

9. Fair Housing Issues in 2018

Confirmed Panelists: Dr. Augustin Arbulu, Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights; Joel Kurth, Center for Michigan / Bridge Magazine

10. Preparing for Home Ownership

Confirmed Panelists: Laura Castone, Chemical Bank; Darlene Leaks, Flagstar Bank, Linda Smith, U-SNAP-BAC

11. Rental Housing Options

Invited Panelist: Teanisha Eli, Detroit Housing Commission

1:45 Coffee Break sponsored by The Commons

2:00   Guest Speaker Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow will speak on federal housing and funding issues.

2:15  - 3:45  Stories from the East / Eastside Housing Priorities (voting)

4:00  Adjourn

We are grateful to Chemical Bank for their generous sponsorship of this event, as well as to The Commons (7900 Mack Ave.) for their Coffee Sponsorship!!

We expect a full house, so it is vital that you pre-register! You can register on our homepage or register on our Facebook page.

Or you may register by phoning Mary E. Madigan, ECN Events & Community Relations Manager, at 313-331-3714. or at mmadigan@ecn-detroit.org.

This is a FREE event and will include breakfast and lunch. 

Last year’s Eastside Summit brought together an amazing cross-section of the community to focus on water issues. The speakers were great! I’m looking forward to this year’s Summit.
— Mary Williams