Rent Program Aims to Help Jews Return to Detroit

A Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit program called CommunityNEXT is raising funds and providing a $250 rent subsidy for those that chose to live in Detroit's downtown of Midtown.
August 24, 2011, 1pm PDT | Kristopher Fortin
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Though the program only aims to bring in 25 people into Detroit initially, it is piggybacking on other high-profile programs to encourage people to move back into the urban center, reports Corey Williams for the Associated Press.

"'You hear so many people complain about how Detroit can't be fixed, but they don't do anything about it,' said Smith, a University of Michigan business school graduate and owner of an energy consulting business. 'I think there is a group of young people doing something about it. I want to be part of that. It doesn't seem that crazy to me. I'm actually excited to be part of the revitalization of Detroit.'"

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Published on Friday, August 19, 2011 in The Detroit News
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