Senior Housing Displacement

Project-based Section 8 (low-cost proportionate to one's income) housing for aging Detroiters has been a staple of downtown for decades. Now, many 30-year Section 8 contracts with building owners are expiring, and owners are selling their buildings to new developers. The new developers create higher-rent units which displace long-term Detroit seniors. These videos and photographs are a collaboration with Detroit Eviction Defense, United Community Housing Coalition and Senior Housing Preservation--Detroit Coalition. Of central focus is one building, 1214 Griswold, renamed "the Albert" in 2014. This project is used to educate city officials, developers, federal officials and organizers in other cities. 

The Albert, appropriated promotional materials and senior interviews, 2:50, 2014; The video went viral locally, thus inserted the absent voices of seniors into development discourse. 

Holding Down the Fort, co-produced with Senior Housing Preservation--Detroit Coalition and United Community Housing Coalition, 11:27, 2016. Senior Housing Preservation--Detroit Coalition, a group of non-profit housing advocacy organizations uses this film to educate developers and federal public housing officials. 

Mr. Sherman, Orchestra Towers Resident of 19 years, 2016

Mrs. Fluker, Former 1214 Griswold resident and current Orchestra Towers resident, with her grandchild, for whom she cares, 2016