There are already tiny house neighborhoods popping up around the United States to house the homeless – but this Detroit initiative will be the first where its residents can rent to own.

The nonprofit organization Cass Community Social Services is building 25 homes for singles and couples, that measure between 250 to 400 square feet. Each $40,000 architectural design is unique to itself – no two finished products look the same.

Each building will be rented for seven years. The rent is based on square footage and no one pays more than a third of their income on rent.

After seven years of renewing leases and participating in a program that includes monthly homeowner classes, financial coaching and volunteering in the neighborhood, they are given the deed for the house and the property—essentially having earned themselves a home.

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Since Cass built the first house in September, they expect to have six more built by the end of the year. They have already raised $800,000 out of their $1.5 million goal for the project based solely from private donations.

Half of the tenants are expected to be homeless, with the other half comprised of low-income seniors and young adults who have aged out of foster care—and since all the homeowners will be able to decide who moves into the neighborhood in the future, the community’s atmosphere is one of cooperation and support.

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