Building Detroit Futures is revitalizing neighborhoods by renovating vacant houses and putting Detroiters to work. The program enlists Detroit residents into a union pre-apprenticeship training program to introduce them to the skilled trades, pairing trainees with contractors while empowering them to rebuild the city’s neighborhoods. Trainees at the end of the program are connected with a union apprenticeship, with the ultimate goals of modernizing housing stock (and keeping it affordable) and creating a stronger local workforce for construction projects in the city.

100% of the housing is affordable, sold only to individuals and families making 80% of the area median income (AMI) or less. Many of these homebuyers are also able to receive downpayment assistance for purchasing the home.

Income qualification chart
Household Size Income Limit
1 $37,450
2 $42,800
3 $48,150
4 $53,500
5 $57,800
6 $62,100


Building Detroit Futures is a partnership between the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, Southwest Housing Solutions, the City of Detroit, and the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

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