Renew Detroit

Renew Detroit is a program that provides free repairs to eligible Detroit homeowners using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The program will be held in two phases, starting with the first phase of roof replacement . More than 1,500 homeowners will receive free repairs through the program. This program uses the Homeowner Property Tax Exemption (HOPE) as part of its qualification process. HOPE is a low-income homeowner's tax exemption, formerly known as HPTAP.


Who qualifies?

This program is limited to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Homeowner is a senior (62+) or homeowner is disabled.
  • HOPE Application Approval in 2021 (Owners approved in 2019 and 2020 are automatically approved in 2021)
  • Home has not received a 10,000 grant from the City of Detroit in the last 10 years

Please click here for the Renew Detroit eligibility criteria that can be shared with your networks


Who is selected?

All eligible applicants will receive a home repair score. The highest score of 1000 will be selected for the first phase.

Scores based on:

  • Duration of home ownership
  • HOPE exemption level
  • Number of family members
  • Bonus: Senior Emergency Waiting List or Weatherization roof-only deferral letter
  • Tiebreaker: Condition / repair required according to home assessment

For more information on home repair scores, click here .


How to apply

To apply for a new roof (Phase 1) through Renew Detroit, you must do two things:

  1. Complete the Renew Detroit application online or call 313-244-0274
  2. Complete a HOPE application (HPTAP).
    • If you have not applied for HOPE (HPTAP), visit for more information and to apply
    • Applications must be accepted by November 12, 2021
    • HOPE approval must be granted by December Board of Review, which is December 14, 2021, to still be considered eligible for Renew Detroit.
    • If you have applied and been approved for HPTAP, you do not need to fill it out again. If you are not sure that you have been approved, call 313-244-0274


How does the Renew Detroit program compare to the City’s existing Senior Emergency Home Repair (“SEHR”) program?

Although there are many similarities between the two programs, the Renew Detroit and SEHR programs are not the same. The Renew Detroit team will contact each home on the SEHR waitlist during the first two weeks of October to explain the differences between the two programs and encourage homeowners to apply for Renew Detroit. Applying for the Renew Detroit program does not change the owner's place on the SEHR waitlist. If the program is selected based on the above rules, owners will have the option to choose which program they would like to participate in. For more information on specific differences between programs, click here.


Frequently asked questions

If your question is not included in the document linked below, please contact us at [email protected] The FAQ will continue to be updated as we receive questions.


Interested contractors

Appointments for HOPE drive-through events

Make an appointment for personal assistance to complete the HOPE application

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