Mayor Mike Duggan joined city, community and nonprofit partners to unveil the Detroit 0% Interest Home Repair Loan Program, which provides $8 million in financing for eligible homeowners looking to patch roofs, replace windows, upgrade plumbing and address structural or safety issues.
DPOA President Mark Diaz credited Mayor Duggan for his role in bringing all sides together to complete the contract. “Had the mayor not intervened and taken an active approach in this process, the DPOA would not have an agreement today,” said Diaz.
"I have said to you for the last month that when this came down to crunch time, it would be done smoothly and without drama," Duggan said at a press conference after the council unanimously approved the deal. "I expect tonight you will see Mr. Orr sign four or five orders, the most important of which is returning democracy back to the city of Detroit."
Mayor Duggan: "Today's passage of HB 4593 is great news for Detroit and every other community that has struggled with the issue of illegal scrappers. Not only does it create an important paper trail for law enforcement, it removes many of the incentives, such as immediate cash payment, that have made it all too easy for scrappers to profit from the dismantling of our city.
"We have to deal with the issue of the unsavory scrap metal dealers in the city of Detroit," he said. "The businesses in this town are having to fence in their rooftop air handling units because they are being brazenly stolen," he added. "It costs twice as much to open here than the suburbs because of the insurance."
"You've got to get a lot of streetlights going. You've got to get the transportation system back up and running, and it's a Herculean task. But we're going to help."
“I’d like to see a city where the police show up when you call, where the streetlights work at night, where the buses run on time and where the abandoned properties are gone,” Mr. Duggan said on a recent afternoon. “But more than anything else, five years from now, I expect the population of the city of Detroit to be growing again.” (from the New York Times, 12/31/2013)