Ford’s presence in the community of Detroit and Southeast Michigan is growing. As part of the manufacturer’s intention to invest $20 million in that area over the course of the next year, Ford contributed $400,000 toward the construction of 25 tiny homes through Cass Community Social Services.
The purpose of the tiny homes is to provide affordable housing options for low-income and moderate-income Detroit residents. It’s much more than housing though, according to Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services, who deems the project part of a “novel anti-poverty program.”
Ford’s contribution makes the company the lead supporter in the $1.5 million project. The 25 tiny homes will range from 250-400 square feet and will provide permanent housing to community members most in need, including former homeless and members of the social services staff.
“Cass Community’s tiny homes project present an opportunity to make a big different in an undeserved Detroit neighborhood,” says Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center. “Ford has a proud legacy of giving back to Detroit and Southeast Michigan, and this type of transformational project aligns with our mission of making people’s lives better through innovation.”