Detroiters want federal money to go to home repairs

Jene J. Long

Rochella Stewart has lived in her Detroit home, near Livernois and Grand River Avenue, for more than six decades. It’s where she grew up and it’s where she plans to stay.

But crumbling conditions in her childhood home make that difficult. Although she was able to get her roof repaired last year, her ceilings are cracking, her front door frame sags and air seeps through windows. Her bathroom sink doesn’t have hot water and she needs a new furnace. Stewart’s basement saw about 8 inches of water from late June flooding that swept through metro Detroit, damaging wood paneling.  

Rochella Stewart a life long resident of Detroit in the kitchen  of her home that is in need of major repairs Monday, July 12, 2021. Flooding has damaged he basement and the rest of the house is in need of repairs.

Still, Stewart, 63, doesn’t plan to leave. She’s on a fixed income and is searching for grants to help her repair her home. 

“My kids wanted me to move out, go into senior living. I said, ‘Nope, I’m going to sit here and fight and find something to fix this home up, and stay until I leave this Earth,’ ” she said. 

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