Letter to the Editor: Low Income Housing Plan in Grosse Pointe Park

A Grosse Pointe Shores resident writes about Grosse Pointe Park's low income housing program.

Citizens are unaware of Grosse Pointe Park’s low income housing program.  It has never been openly discussed or voted on by the Park city council, and thus received no reporting from the various news media that attend the council meetings.

1035-37 Wayburn

1222 Wayburn

1325 Beaconsfield

1327 Maryland

1343 Wayburn

1354 Wayburn

1423 Lakepointe

1426 Lakepointe

1441 Lakepointe


These are the nine city-owned homes that the Grosse Pointe Park city council has assigned to the Wayne County Neighborhood Stabilization low-income housing program.  Sales and rentals are being handled by Wayne County’s housing contractor, National Faith Homebuyers Inc.   National Faith Homebuyers already has a list of hundreds of low-income qualified Wayne County residents that have already registered their eligibility by attending the required information meetings and training programs. 

Any Pointer who has friends or relatives who would like to live in these homes needs to get their application filed with National Faith Homebuyers right now if they want to become qualified for this opportunity. 

Applicants must be in the lower 50% of Wayne County median income.

One person family - $22,900 income

Two person family - $26,150

Three person family - $29,400

Four person family - $32,650

Down payment assistance is up to $25,000 for buyers. Section 8 assistance is available for qualified renters.

Drive by and look at the beautiful job the G. L. Fisher Construction Company is doing in rehabbing these nine homes under the Park’s $1,200,000.00 share of this Federal HUD program. Completion is scheduled for July.

For information, contact National Faith Homebuyers at 313-255-9500,  www.nationalfaith.org

Shame on the Park city council for not informing Grosse Pointers about the opportunity to get in on this HUD housing program.

Charles Leahy

Grosse Pointe Shores

Bill IV May 29, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Notice how the author lives in Grosse Pointe Shores which is several miles away from the Cabbage Patch. If the author lived in Grosse Pointe Park and had to deal with it, then i would take this editorial more seriously. Doesn't Grosse Pointe Shores want to leave Wayne County all together? I'm pretty sure Grosse Pointe Shores doesn't have any HUD housing or Section 8 tenants. This editorial reminds me of the Schools of Choice initiative by the State Rep of St. Clair Michigan. His district doesn't border Murder Inc. I'm just assuming if St. Clair Michigan was a block away from Detroit he probably would have kept his mouth shut.
Mark May 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Yes of course. Always the people most removed from the situation that have the luxury of standing on their soap box.
Boo Radley May 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Why should we have to live near welfare recipients? We worked hard to get in GP, and they get to live for free? I demand a city council meeting about this.
Arthur B. May 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM
http://www.co.wayne.mi.us/2464.htm is where you will find factual information on this Wayne County, HUD program. To see the list of eligible houses (9 in GPP, 11 in Harper Woods, 12 in Detroit, etc) click on the blue button that says "Must see - NSP houses for sale". As author of the letter to the editor, I am not expressing any opinion pro or con on the matter. Please read the letter again. Rather, citizens of all the Grosse Pointes might have family or friends or who could meet the income limits and take advantage of this opportunity. The news media does not cover matters that the Park city council decides in private, which leaves the citizens uninformed unless someone publicizes the opportunity. Hence the letter to the editor to publicize the opportunity. As residents of the 5 Grosse Pointes we pay a lot in Federal taxes without getting much back. Residents of the other Wayne county communities are much more attuned to the HUD programs. Here is a chance for some of our friends and family to take advantage of the Federal largesse, but there is urgency to get them qualified with National Faith Homebuyers before these beautifully rehabbed houses in a nice Grosse Pointe neighborhood are snapped up. p.s. a resident in G.P. Shores told me they forwarded the letter to the editor to a young family member, encouraging them to apply. Is'nt that great?
Mark May 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Sure that's great if there are some GP families that can utilize the program but I would just as soon have no houses in GP qualify for Section 8.
Mark May 31, 2012 at 01:00 PM
So contact your council members and voice your opinion. Demanding a city council meeting in the comments section of a website isn't going to accomplish this.
JAL May 31, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Folks - two seperate issues: Grosse Pointe Housing Foundation is not a part of section 8 (HUD Housing). GPHF was started by the Cotton family in 2011 and is no way related to Wayne County's low income housing project(s). Park residents should be thrilled what that foundation is doing for the "Cabbage Patch" and it's surrounding area. On the otherhand, I am discusted that GPP would allow section 8 housing into it's city. And....keep it from its residents!! Perhaps a recall like the Shores is in order?? The unfortunate part is that by having these sort of people move into the neighborhood, it takes a toll on the surroundings, for example, the 2 GPP parks, the shopping districts, and the schools. I pick up my child at South everyday and see the "pants on the ground" crap! I promise you, those kids come from these sort of family's. Hey Charles, when is the last time you, your wife, or daughters went to Eastland? Too scared? I am! Look what has happened over there...here we go in the Park. I used to be a Park resident, and if I was still one I would be demanding answers from "my city officals". Maintaining property values is tough enough - Park officials just screwed its residents.
Mark May 31, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Well no I do not think there are two separate issues going on here. I mentioned the GPHF in one of my comments as a great program to revitalize the area and that's the only time it has been mentioned. Everything else in this letter and in the comments refers to HUD Housing.
Mark June 01, 2012 at 01:42 PM
By the way for those of you unaware of the program JAL and I are talking about here is a great article about it in the GP News. Foundations like these need more attention because this is great! 57 new people coming in to the Pointes of a younger generation. Amazing. http://www.grossepointenews.com/Articles-Features-i-2012-05-31-247095.114135-Welcome-home.html
Arthur B. June 02, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Mark - you make a great point, bringing a new generation in to this neighborhood is the right idea. The cabbage patch has been a stepping stone into GP for many. And others decide to stay there for the advantages of being close to downtown and the Kercheval district. The 9 low income houses should be publicized to young people starting their careers. What a great way to buy into Grosse Pointe and get a house that is rehabbed with Federal money and up to date, at a great price. Too much of the discussion above has been hijacked by the concern about renters. Lets get some young buyers lined up for these houses and get them into the National Faith Homebuyers system so they dont miss out.
Pointes the way I remember them June 02, 2012 at 01:27 PM
"Buy into Grosse Pointe"??? I am sorry but don't people already know about the outstandings qualities of GP??? We should not have to section 8 anything for people to come in to GP. Low I come families will do nothing but bring all we work for down!!!
Mark June 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Not sure who's comment you are referring to? If you are responding to Charles I believe he literally meant it was a way for someone to buy a house and not referring to their qualities. If you are referring to my piece about the program to bring young new college students into GP then that is not a Section 8 program and you have to remember when you're not from the East side often times people have never been to GP so yeah we do need to market how fantastic GP is in order to get new people moving in. Again, not Section 8 people. Nobody wants them here I think we can all agree on that and it sounds like even Charles has agreed.
Connie Servative June 03, 2012 at 08:35 PM
How did the Park and the rest of the pointes get so liberal? The Obama like filth that has infiltrated the Pointes like the body snatchers has to go!
Connie Servative June 03, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Those iliterate gangbanging kiddies from Inkster, Detroit, need to turn around and get back on those busses!
Connie Servative June 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
By the way, what oh what were the school board members thinking when they ok'd Headstart, or offering free and reduced breakfast and lunch to the welfare idiots?
Mark June 03, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Aren't you overreacting a little bit? I suspect you're just trying to elicit angry responses but if you're serious I hardly think a few houses that qualify for some federal credits constitutes GP becoming liberal.
GP College Grad June 04, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I cannot believe some of these comments. I have lived in Grosse Pointe for almost 12 years and I, myself, am applying for this wonderful opportunity. I attended GP schools and excelled in all areas of study, and went on to college and just graduated this May. Something like this would be a DREAM come true for my fiance and myself. We are low income and looking for any possibility to own a home, so that we may plant the future of our marriage and family here in Grosse Pointe. I think that the racism and arrogance of some of these posts is just disgusting. How can some people jump to the conclusion that the applicants for this assistance are all lazy and horrible? I have been a big part of this community and I am low income. There needs to be a huge reality check here in GP if we ever want to truly connect with our neighboring cities. We don't need to decrease our quality of living, but we also don't need to put up walls between ourselves and others. Maybe instead of gossiping about the new neighbors who move into these homes, we could stop by for a visit and introduce ourselves. What a concept.
GP College Grad June 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Do you realize that you are insulting several GP students by saying this? I, myself, received reduced lunch benefits, and I am certainly NOT a "welfare idiot". Considering I was a 4.0 student @ GPSouth, you may want to think before you label a group of students so ignorantly.
Mark June 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I agree some of the comments are a little over the top and I believe some are just being incendiary to get people angry on here but you also need to face reality. While this is a fantastic program for people such as yourself and I am excited for your family to get this opportunity; the majority of people on low income housing assistance are not desirable in an affluent community.
Pointes the way I remember them June 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Here here to that!
Connie Servative June 07, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Kind of amusing and pathetic how GP grad had to rely on the race card crap! that cry wolf tactic has lost it's effectiveness and legitimacy! There are plenty other cities that are more welcoming to low income undesirables!
Arthur B. June 07, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Replying to GP College Grad: I could not be happier that you and your fiancee are going to apply for one of these 9 houses. Having lived in GP and attended GP schools you are just the right person to benefit from this program while you start your career at a low income and then grow into financial success. The purpose of my letter to the editor was to reach out to people like you and your fiancee and inform you of this opportunity which neither the local press nor the city of GPP has publicized. Best wishes to you and your fiancee and I hope you get a house! p.s. the positive attitude you express in your comments is really neat.
Connie Servative June 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Speaking of section 8 losers, whats's the deal with bridge card morons? We should limit their food purchases to generic brands, and non prime meats, immitation cheese, etc! They are eating better than we are!
Pointes the way I remember them June 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I agree. To the people who say section 8 is a great program and well needed in gp... Can I ask you when was the last time you drove through Detroit on alter between warren and Mack? Do you recall the beautiful NEW construction on the east side of alter closer to Mack just a few years back?!? Have you seen it lately? Fires, boarded up windows/doors, uncut lawns,etc. now how can you possible say section 8 is good for gp?? Its not even good in Detroit! It's just a matter of time that those people Bring the same filth into Gp!
Mark July 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Ahahaha! Sir I thank you for providing a much needed laugh during work. While I have nothing against black college grades I'm quite sure we can all rest easy if you are the caliber of people coming for our jobs. Employers typically look for people who can put together coherent thoughts.
lifelong July 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Come on in and "Burn it down" you piece of wasted space.
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods July 17, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Mark, "you piece of wasted space..." (Now there's a salutation.) There is no truth to the rumor that I am the eloquent "you want my life" in disguise. Not even I could have made that guy up! So relax. You have nothing to fear from my 1.5 GPA college dropout white ass. And I haven't had a "coherent thought" since I chugged one too many shots of Southern Comfort and tried to make out with the Homecoming Queen in high school.
Chris K July 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Pete: Maybe that Southern Comfort is still giving you a buzz! Mark didn't make that comment. Someone names "lifelong" did!
Mark July 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Yes sorry Pete I'm not sure what you're referring to. I never accused this of being you.
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