Detroit effort puts priority on ending homelessness

With all the empty homes and building in Detroit, they should create a program that lets the homeless person live there, if they can:

1. Pay for utilities (after the first few months, giving them time to find a job)

2. Fix the home up

3. Maintain the home

If they cannot do any of the 3, the home would revert back to city ownership and given to the next in line. Many homeless are willing to work hard and don’t want handouts, they will find a way to make it work. Yet we also have many homeless who expect everything handed to them on a silver platter, and want to give nothing back in return, they will be the first to fail. As for the homeless who are unable to do the work required, due to mental or physical limitations, place them in a group home or apartment and allow them to pay there way doing volunteer work for the city.

Working creates a scene of well being and usefulness. If they feel good about themselves, feel they are contributing to the city, they will grow… Handouts do nothing for most, except prepare them for more handouts…


Detroit — The city is launching a first-of-its-kind effort to address chronic homelessness in the wake of a “tent city” encampment on east Jefferson this winter that took months to disband.

Tent city residents hunkered down in sub-zero temperatures, lending an urgency to the new initiative that officials say will focus on improving coordination and permanent supportive housing opportunities for the chronically homeless.

Homeless advocates involved in the partnership hope it results in a stronger emphasis on providing housing first and supportive services later, as needed.

At the same time, grant funding is being earmarked for two service agencies to reach out to homeless people in the neighborhoods, not just Detroit’s downtown.

“We’re hoping that together we’ll come up with a plan, metrics and goals that we’re all standing behind later this year,” said Arthur Jemison, director of the city’s Housing and Revitalization Department.

via Detroit effort puts priority on ending homelessness.

Famous Obama “Hope” Artist Plans Major Mural For Detroit – Street Art – Curbed Detroit

Well lets hope that his mural will not be of the dear leader Obama….


Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster, will paint his largest mural to date somewhere in Detroit, reports MetroTimes. The size and location of the mural are still under wraps,

via Famous Obama “Hope” Artist Plans Major Mural For Detroit – Street Art – Curbed Detroit.

Michigan governor to unveil plan for Detroit Public Schools | News – Home

Yep, they are in it for the children… The teachers have not even seen the plan yet, but they are calling is sick… One would think they would want to read the plan prior to calling in sick.. Oh, sorry, I forgot they are democrats, they don’t read the plan until it is passed…


More than a dozen Detroit schools are closed Thursday.

The closures were announced around 8 a.m. and come just hours before Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to detail his plan to transform the district

via Michigan governor to unveil plan for Detroit Public Schools | News – Home.

New details emerge in ICE agent’s fatal shooting of Detroit man – Fox 2 News Headlines

I know two things:

1. I would not want to be a cop

2. To many killings are happening

Other then that, I know nothing else about this case, no one does except the people who where there. So sit back, relax and wait.. The truth will come out.


Kellom, 20, was wanted for armed robbery and weapons charges and considered dangerous.

According to police sources there were several circumstances surrounding the shooting that Terrance’s father Kevin Kellom, left out.

When the Fugitive Apprehension Team showed up with a warrant to arrest Kellom, sources close to the investigation say he was hiding in the attic. He eventually dropped through the ceiling and came after the ICE agent with a hammer, yelling.

The ICE agent who was also African-American, retreated and told  Kellom to drop the hammer, which is considered a deadly weapon, multiple times. When Kellom refused the agent, he fired his weapon.
According to the medical examiners report, the agent shot Kellom multiple times.

His father Kevin Kellom had one story – but according to police sources – it’s not all of it.

via New details emerge in ICE agent’s fatal shooting of Detroit man – Fox 2 News Headlines.

How bad are Michigan roads? Hear for yourself

write a bill that is only;y for the roads, one that does not raise my taxes and one that is guaranteed road funding… and i will vote yes… Keep writing bills like prop 1, and I will keep voting no. Governor Rick Snyderplease use your accounting skills, or hire on outside auditor to review all of the State of Michigan’s finances and replace or remove any program that is not living up to its intended purpose. Remove any wasteful spending, review all offices for duplication of efforts, condense or close any office that is unneeded or wasteful. The people of this great state do not need to be taxed more, what we do need is a more transparent and responsive government. A government that does not spend more then they take in, and does not keep asking for more from it’s citizens. I am sure that there is money in the state budget that can be reallocated to the roads, I am sure that there are several state programs that can be eliminated to help achieve this. (For full disclosure, I voted for Governor Rick Snyder twice, and for the most part am pleased with what he has done for our state, but I feel he and the state legislators have dropped the ball on this one.)


I used to play a driving game with my kids when they were small. Whenever we found ourselves heading south on I-75 approaching the border with Ohio, I’d ask them to close their eyes and, judging only by the sound of the car as it drove on the road, tell me the instant we had left Michigan.

They never failed to guess correctly. Michigan’s roads have been so bad for so long, even a child can tell the difference.

The sad fact is that just 17% of our roads are rated in good condition. Next month Michigan voters will have a chance to change that by voting to approve Proposal 1.

via How bad are Michigan roads? Hear for yourself.

Construction starts on shipping container housing

When I was in Mexico I went to a bar made out of shipping containers, it was a very cool place. I like the idea of using them to create unique homes, dinning destinations or even hotels… The offer something new and can be built up quickly. I am excited about Detroit’s comeback!


Ask Leslie Horn where the model unit is for the long-awaited residential development her company is building — the one made entirely of recycled steel shipping containers — and she laughs.

“You can’t miss it,” says Horn, CEO of Three Squared Inc., a commercial, residential and mixed-use property development company.

She’s right. Construction started last week on a three-story model unit, Trumbull Squared, on the southwest corner of Trumbull and Pine, just north of Interstate 75. Made of nine old shipping containers, it’ll be used to sell units for the next two phases of Three Squared’s project — a 20-unit shipping container development in Midtown and another behind the model unit in Corktown.

Shipping container living is all about “sustainability and energy efficiency,” say Horn. “You’re living in a product that was made really fast and it’s extremely energy-efficient.”

via Construction starts on shipping container housing.

Mother reports 9-year-old missing, police say he was arrested – Fox 2 News Headlines

Sad story on so many levels…


DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) – A Detroit mother calls police, panicked when her 9-year-old son doesn’t return home.

It turns out he wasn’t exactly missing, he was actually under arrest accused of committing a home invasion.

Stephanie Horton was in a state of panic Wednesday night when her 9 -year-old son Kamian Strawder was missing. The third-grader had been expelled from Palmer Park Prep earlier in the week and he had nowhere to be but at their Detroit home on Appoline.

Horton left for work around 9 a.m. Wednesday and says Kemian left to play with his friends. He still wasn’t home, she reported him missing to police.

One day later police called her Thursday to say her son wasn’t missing, he’d been arrested.  Late Thursday afternoon Stephanie learned the prosecutor had dropped the case.

“About two hours ago is when I got the call,” Horton said. “They said they have him in the detention center had him since 1 p.m. yesterday.”

via Mother reports 9-year-old missing, police say he was arrested – Fox 2 News Headlines.