Kat takes in homeless people who need shelter and when her house becomes to crowded she uses the abandoned building around the corner to place people in, providing them with basic needs like clothing, blankets, and food. All of her efforts are supported through generous donations from friends and her faith.
Their church is located on a street where several prostitutes canvas the area. Their hope is to save these women and convert them to Christ. So far they have gotten three women off the street.
Charles has been squatting in this abandoned house for the last six months. The crane company he worked for went out of business after they lost all of their automotive contracts to foreign competition. Recently divorced and unable to find work and his unemployment benefits depleted, he's trying to fix up this abandoned house by salvaging materials from other abandoned buildings. His house was recently ransacked by thieves that broke in and stole what little valuables he had.
What better way to spend an afternoon. His kids were amused, taking pictures of me out their window.
Tom cobbled this bike together from the pieces of five other bikes.
These bikes will be used to repair and rebuild new bikes for adults and children in the neighborhood. It's one of the many things that the collective on Goldengate Street provide to help residents in the area.
A house purchased at auction for $500 gets a minor facelift before being offered for sale. The house will be sold "as is" for the next owner to make major improvements. Houses like this in stable neighborhoods sell quickly in the ten to fifteen thousand dollar range.
Nina lost her legs in a car accident that involved alcohol 15 years ago. She lives in a house her uncle bought for her but there is nothing in the house except for a mattress and a tv. She was an aspiring dancer before her accident.
Robert was living in a homeless shelter and needed to go for a walk. It was raining and didn't have an umbrella so he made good use of a garbage bag.
A neighborhood group comes together for an afternoon barbecue.
A group of local volunteers from Deloitte Consulting take the day off work to perform public service.
Willie, who has lived in this house for the past 37 years is on a one-man crusade to clean up his block. He was the first black man to live here when it was a mostly Italian/American neighborhood. Now there are only four houses left on the block that are occupied.
After purchasing this house through the Detroit Land Bank Authority for three thousand dollars, Chantrell was having trouble keeping squatters out while she worked to fix it up. She posted the sign in the window to make a blunt statement, but was gracious enough to be polite.