Graham Sustainability Institute

Legal Issues in HOPE Village Housing Cooperative and Green Space

Project Team

Alicia Alvarez – Law School
Priya Baskaran – Law School

Project Summary

To support creative redevelopment efforts in Detroit, the Graham Institute partnered with the Detroit-based nonprofit civil and human rights organization Focus: HOPE to conduct the Sustainability and the HOPE Village Initiative Integrated Assessment. 
As one of six projects in the overall assessment, the Community and Economic Development Clinic of the U-M Law School provided legal services to assist Focus: HOPE with various aspects of the HOPE Village Initiative. They explored options for expanding housing opportunities to help stabilize the community, and their efforts around an abandoned railroad bed transecting the neighborhood helped Focus: HOPE become a key partner on the 26-mile Inner Circle Greenway project.
For more details, read the final report (PDF) |10.3 MB
This project received a $30,000 Integrated Assessment Grant in 2012.