Jefferson East, Inc (JEI) announced today it has received a $100,000 contribution from the AT&T and its Believe Detroit initiative to help support the launch of a new Neighborhood Resource Hub in the heart of the historic Jefferson-Chalmers district. A virtual check presentation between the two organizations can be viewed below.
Located at 14300 E. Jefferson Avenue, the innovative 3,500-square-foot facility will serve as the home office of JEI’s Housing & Neighborhood Services team. The Neighborhood Resource Hub will allow the team to serve more than 1,000 residents annually with a range of services designed to keep them in their homes and apartments.
“With the final piece of support from AT&T, we have the opportunity to move our housing team back to the neighborhood where JEI was founded, allowing us to provide an enhanced level of service for Jefferson-Chalmers residents and surrounding neighborhoods along East Jefferson,” said JEI CEO Josh Elling. “The Neighborhood Resource Hub will provide a home base where residents can easily access our housing services, ensuring that all Detroiters are able to benefit from and be a part of the city’s continued resurgence.”
Over the past several years, JEI has developed one of the most impactful housing stabilization and resident services models within the city of Detroit. JEI’s team members are HUD certified housing counselors, offering an array of housing, financial empowerment and health and safety services through an “integrated one-stop” access model. This approach allows residents to create an individual action plan with the strategy and resources needed to ensure they can remain in their homes.
Over the past three years, JEI has helped nearly 200 homeowners avoid foreclosure through the Homeowner Property Tax Assistance Program, assisted residents in securing more than $1.6 million in 0% Home Improvement Loans and provided in-depth counseling services to more than 850 homeowners and renters.
“Investing in our communities is what Believe Detroit is all about, and we are proud to help JEI expand its critical services that help improve outcomes in Detroit.”
David Lewis, President – AT&T Michigan
“Investing in our communities is what Believe Detroit is all about, and we are proud to help JEI expand its critical services that help improve outcomes in Detroit,” said David Lewis, president of AT&T Michigan. “JEI is strengthening equity and development from the ground up and AT&T is lucky to help amplify their important work.”
Lewis continued, “AT&T Michigan is proud to support institutions like Jefferson East, Inc. that are creating positive change in Detroit. We will continue to believe in Detroit and invest in its people to change the trajectory of their lives and make an everlasting impact.”
The Neighborhood Resource Hub will also allow JEI’s development subsidiary—the East Jefferson Development Corporation (EJDevCO)—to engage residents, contractors and the broader community on the development of more than $263 million of proposed projects within the Jefferson-Chalmers Business District.
Jefferson East, Inc. (JEI) is a place-based, neighborhood improvement nonprofit that creates inclusive neighborhoods along the East Jefferson Corridor. The work of East Jefferson Development Corporation directly benefits JEI to support neighborhood improvement services and programs that support healthy neighborhoods.