The homes are solid, the streets tidy, and the residents are grateful. This is the fruit of Core City Neighborhoods, whose purpose is to turn blight into light.
"Substandard housing was the major problem in this area and it also contributed to all the other social problems," said Willie Campbell.
Willie Campbell is Executive Director. He has led efforts to build 100’s of single family homes, provided at low rates for families that meet the requirements. Many needy Detroiters go from dangerous or rotted housing to these well-kept, secure neighborhoods – that on this spring day even brings the ice cream man.
Campbell got involved in helping people after retiring nearly 20 years ago.
"My son kind of out grew me for fishing and we couldn’t go fishing anymore so I saw a newsletter for Core City and I thought I might like to be involved."
He has found that giving people a home is not a handout, but a hand up.
"I have learned that most people do want to share in the American Dream which is to have their own house or to have a clean, decent, safe place to live whether they are tenants or homeowners and if they are given a chance they usually prove that they are a good risk."
A city’s pride begins with its neighborhoods, and neighborhoods begin with decent homes. In that way, Willie Campbell and Core City are truly rebuilding the Heart of Detroit.