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Survey: 13% of Detroiters are living in “inadequate housing”

Sehvilla Mann

More Detroiters than previously estimated are living in homes with serious home repair issues.

That’s according to a new University of Michigan survey of nearly nineteen-hundred Detroiters.

The researchers defined inadequate housing as homes with major electrical problems, broken furnaces, or a lack of hot or running water.

Lydia Wileden is a University of Michigan research associate involved in the survey. She says it appears that around 13-percent of Detroiters live in dangerously poor conditions.

Unsurprisingly, the rate of residents living in inadequate or poor-quality housing is higher than the rate in the broader metro area.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan recently launched a program that uses federal stimulus money to help Detroiters with home repairs.

But the program is only available to seniors, or people with disabilities.