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Who is eligible for the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program?
Residents are eligible for the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program if they meet the following requirements:

  • Live in the yellow or green zones on the map located here
  • Landlord or owner- occupant before June 23, 2017
  • Own or operate a property that is within 300 feet of the planned I-75 Service Drive
  • Have not been acquired by the Michigan Department of Transportation to facilitate construction of the bridge. 
 

Who is eligible for the Home Swap Program?
Residents are eligible for the Home Swap Program if they meet the following requirements

  • Live in the light blue or yellow zone on the map located here
  • Owner and occupant before June 23, 2017
 

Which acceptable documents do I need to provide?
Participants of the Home Swap program must submit documentation with their application. The purpose of these documents is to determine eligibility and to help calculate your Delray score. These documents will help establish homeownership, a mortgage balance (if any), your occupancy, a medical condition for anyone in the household, and presence of any children under the age of 5. Documents must be valid and current. Other documents may also be accepted.

See full list of documents

 

Is there a fee to participate in either program?
No, participation in the Home Swap or I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program will not cost participants money. However, if participants want to contribute their own money or seek a mortgage to do additional improvements, they are able to do so.

 

Who is paying for the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program renovations and moving costs?
The City of Detroit is paying for the renovations with funds received from an agreement between Canada and the State of Michigan.

 

If I’m eligible for this program, do I have to participate?
All programs are optional for you to participate in.

 

What upgrades are included in the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program renovation process?
The I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program upgrades include new windows, new heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning ready systems, and new air filters.

 

Once I choose a new home, how long will it take before I can move in?
Once you choose a home, construction can take up to 6-9 months depending on the Bridging Neighborhoods schedule.

 

Can I tour a home and the neighborhood before I choose it?
Residents can tour a home and neighborhood before they choose it. Residents are always welcome to tour dynamic Detroit neighborhoods on their own. There will also be additional tours available during the process facilitated by the Bridging Neighborhoods team.

 

Can I move out and sell my new home?
Participants are not allowed to sell or rent their home for at least 3 years after they move in. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in penalties and fees.

 

Can you find me a home in a specific neighborhood?
Bridging Neighborhoods will do our best to accommodate specific neighborhood requests. Our Field Team will look in Detroit neighborhoods that have an inventory of vacant properties owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

 

Where will I move?
We will provide neighborhood choices across the city during the Home Swap match period. Currently, Bridging Neighborhoods staff have located properties in Warrendale (48228), Morningside (48224), and Southwest Detroit. However, if there is a specific neighborhood you would like to move to, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

 

What if I'm eligible for both programs?
You will have the opportunity to participate in the program of your choice but only one program. Currently, we are only accepting applications for the Home Swap Program.

 

What is the extent of renovations for the Home Swap Program?
While all properties will require different renovations, each newly renovated home will receive new windows, siding (if applicable), mechanical systems (plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning ready systems), and insulation. All renovations will focus on energy efficiency. All participants can expect their new homes to receive quality renovations that comply with local and federal laws.

 

Can I bring fixtures and other items from my current home into my new home?
Yes, residents are allowed to keep any fixtures and appliances from their current home. However, the transportation and installation of these fixtures and appliances will be at the expense of the homeowner.

 

What if I own a duplex? Will my new home also be a duplex?
Bridging Neighborhoods will do our best to accommodate your requests as our budget allows. We cannot guarantee that your new home will be a duplex. During the match period, participants will have the opportunity to make the final selection of their new home.

 

More questions?
If your questions are not answered here you can contact the Bridging Neighborhoods team at (313) 628-2231 or via email at [email protected]. To learn more about the new bridge project please visit Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.