Southwest Solutions and Northeast Guidance Center break ground on Mack-Ashland Two affordable housing project

June 16th, 2016
Ceremonial groundbreaking of Mack Ashland 2: (left to right) O'Dell Tate, Director of Neighborhood Revitalization (District 4 Manager; Linda Smith, Executive Director of U-SNAP-BAC; Tim Thorland, Executive Director of Southwest Housing Solutions; Sherry McRill, President and CEO of Northeast Guidance Center; Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen (District 1); Burney Johnson, Deputy Director of MSHDA Detroit office; Tiffany S. Douglas, Senior Vice President of Bank of America; Julie Nagle, Executive Director of Humble Design.

Northeast Guidance Center (NEGC), in partnership with Southwest Solutions and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MHSDA), today broke ground on phase two of the Mack-Ashland Community project, a low-income housing development located on Detroit’s east side. The project includes development of 28 townhomes available to Detroit residents who are chronically mentally ill, victims of domestic violence, veterans and youth aging out of foster care.

“The Mack-Ashland Community is a tangible representation of NEGC’s aim of building communities one family at a time” said Sherry McRill, president of NEGC. We are extremely pleased to collaborate with our community partners in bringing permanent, supportive housing to Detroit’s east side. Supportive housing is a desirable solution to the housing stability problem that ensures individuals and families have appropriate support services such as case management, substance use disorder and mental health treatment to help with their successful recovery journey towards mental wellness while reducing care costs.”

Phase one of the Mack-Ashland Community project was completed in 2013 with development of an apartment building containing 12 studio units, 18 one-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units and a trio of three-bedroom units. Currently, all units are occupied.

The 28 townhomes will be built on Ashland (shown here), Manistique and Alter.

The 28 townhomes will be built on Ashland (shown here), Manistique and Alter.

Southwest Solutions is the real estate developer for both phases and worked with MHSDA to secure close to $700,000 in 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax credits towards construction of the townhomes.

“Southwest Solutions is deeply privileged to be a collaborative partner with NEGC and U-SNAP-BAC, utilizing our real estate development expertise to help our eastside Detroit partners attain their affordable housing and community development goals,” said Tim Thorland, executive director of Southwest Housing Solutions. “There is a critical shortage of quality affordable housing in our city, and the Mack-Ashland project is an important contribution to help address this need.”

 “Breaking ground on this project serves as a reminder that with each investment in Detroit we are giving hope to individuals and families who rely on MHSDA for safe, decent affordable housing,” said MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer. “It’s a thrill to work again with trusted partners Northeast Guidance Center and Southwest Solutions to see a second phase of Mack-Ashland developed, and we look forward to the possibilities these single family homes will soon open for their new residents.”

Construction of the new units will begin in the fall of 2016 with occupation beginning in the spring of 2017.

The Mack-Ashland Community is owned by Mack-Ashland ll Limited Dividend Housing Association Limited Partnership and the project is a subsidiary of Southwest Housing Solutions.

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