Congressman Dingell to tour Taylor’s successful 'dollar home program’

Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI 15) and other federal officials will join Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe for a close look at the city’s groundbreaking affordable home program starting at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22.
Congressman Dingell, Mayor Priebe and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will visit a home on Dudley Street, south of Ecorse Road. The home is one of 20 that have been purchased by the city from HUD for $1 each. The city expects to close on another 19 homes by the end of March.
The Dudley home has been rehabilitated and will be sold to a first-time homebuyer, senior citizen or veteran.
Mayor Priebe said the program, known as “Taylor Cares,” is an effort to help end the cycle of poverty for low-to-moderate-income families. In most cases, the city will refurbish the homes and then offer them at market or below-market rates. Some will be sold “as is.” Homes that are in severe disrepair will be demolished.
Early income generated from the sales of the homes will go toward rehabilitating homes that need work.
Mayor Priebe praised Congressman Dingell for bringing the idea for the program to Taylor. Priebe said the program is important because it provides affordable housing to people interested in becoming homeowners, reduces the number of vacant homes in the city and can eliminate blighted homes from a neighborhood.
The Federal Housing Authority foreclosed homes became available after HUD was unable to sell them for six months. They were made available to the City of Taylor for $1 each. Only municipalities are eligible to purchase the homes for $1.
When the program was announced in November, the city received hundreds of calls from potential buyers. The waiting list is closed at this time.
The city is using local contractors to make the repairs and offering them for sale through local real-estate agents. National City bank is offering lower mortgage rates to buyers.
Jon Belanger, the city’s community housing coordinator, said the applicants must meet income guidelines provided by HUD and other stipulations.
The homes purchased by the city are scattered throughout the community. The homes have two or three bedrooms. Some have basements.
Mayor Priebe said the entire city gains because homeowners often show more pride in their community than renters. The city plans to consider other homes when they become available.
For more information about the homes and the details of the program, please call Jon Belanger or Debbie Knight of the City of Taylor Community Housing Team at (734) 374-8776.