Southwest Housing Solutions
Our Developments
Southwest Housing Solutions is the leading nonprofit multi-family developer in Wayne County. We are replacing blight and abandonment with residential and commercial assets, strategically developed to anchor and spur neighborhood revitalization. In the process and through our partnerships, we are leading the transformation of southwest Detroit into a community that is attractive to live and visit because of its vitality and diversity.

Completed, ongoing and planned developments:

We have renovated 22 apartment buildings in southwest Detroit, providing 394 quality, affordable units in buildings that combine the latest construction techniques with historic preservation.

Our $2.2 million renovation of Lithuanian Hall transformed the historic, but dilapidated structure into the offices of Southwest Housing and prime commercial space.

We served as the developer of the $2.44 million revitalization of the new LA SED building, which includes 6500 sq ft of commercial space and 12 residential units.

We developed 3627 West Vernor Highway, which now serves as the offices of our Southwest Economic Solutions.

Our $8.4 million Hubbard Communities project consists of 33 new single-family townhouses and 11 new single-family homes.

We developed Piquette Square, a 150-unit apartment project in Detroit to house and care for homeless veterans.

We developed 5716 Michigan into a mixed-use project that provides office and clinic space for health care providers serving Detroiters. The historic site is a former cigar factory designed by Albert Kahn.

We revitalized the former Third Precinct building into a center for the arts and horticulture.

We constructed the 39-unit Mack-Ashland supportive housing project on the east side of Detroit, which includes 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

We developed the $6.7M Scotten Park Townhomes project, which features 32 attractive and affordable units for rent in the Mexicantown area in southwest Detroit




  • $125M in development completed
  • 26 multistory buildings renovated for residential and/or commercial use
  • Completed the $8M, 39-unit Mack-Ashland supportive housing project, which includes 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space, on the east side
  • Completed the $6.7M, 32-unit Scotten Park Townhomes project in Mexicantown
  • Acquired, renovated and sold 150 REO single-family homes through 2013 that were vacant and are now owner-occupied
  • Acquired St. Anthony Church in Mexicantown, leased part of the space, developing a rehab plan
  • Advancing Vista Partnership, an ambitious, resident-driven 20-block development project around the Vernor-Bagley corridors
  • Advancing community organizing efforts around park redevelopment, public safety and block club building
  • Michigan Lending Solutions provided financing to 30 new homeowners in Detroit over in 2013 and launched a home improvement program with Vanguard CDC and the Kresge Foundation to eliminate blight and increase home values in North End neighborhood
  • Developed Piquette Square, a $23-million, 150-unit supportive housing facility for homeless veterans
  • Revitalized the former Third Precinct building into a community cultural center that opened in spring 2012; project recognized as model for repurposing vacant structures in Detroit
  • 140,000 sq. ft. of retail space developed and/or managed
  • 97% occupancy of our commercial lease space
  • Revitalized historic Albert Kahn warehouse at 5716 Michigan - a $12 million project - into integrated heathcare center
  • Received "Reinventing Michigan" award from Gov. Snyder at 5716 Wellness
  • Received Build Michigan award for 5716 Wellness
  • Piquette Square for Veterans received the Phoenix Award for National Community Impact, the nation’s highest honor for excellence in brownfield redevelopment
  • Piquette Square for Veterans earned prestigious “Developments of Distinction” award in Community Impact category
  • Leased all 44 units of Hubbard Communities, our $8.2M single-family home and townhouse development
  • Completed renovation of Rademacher Lodge building and leased the space
  • Demolished 24 blighted structures near our real estate assets
  • Lithuanian Hall received LEED certification, a first for a rehabbed building in Detroit
  • Named one of top 50 developers of affordable housing in the nation
  • Named "CDC of the Year" by Detroit LISC
  • Named "Housing Hero" by Charter One in 2008
  • Received Neighborhood Builder Award from Bank of America in 2008
  • CREW Detroit 2008 Impact Award for Whitdel apartments
  • 2007 Build Michigan Award for Lithuanian Hall restoration

The development goals of Southwest Housing Solutions are to create high-quality, attractive projects that are community assets and to be experts in assembling and utilizing multiple funding sources. We serve, in general, families and individuals with limited financial resources. At the same time, our development strategies realize a comprehensive and long-term perspective. We work collaboratively with other community-based organizations, area residents, the business sector, and government agencies to transform southwest Detroit into “neighborhoods of choice” that people can proudly choose to call home.



Real Estate Development

Commercial Space for Lease

Neighborhood Preservation Team

Piquette Square