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Looking for a free home? Would you take one even if it is being offered in Detroit? Writers who can answer yes to those questions are advised to apply for one of three homes being offered in the spring by the nonprofit Write-A-House project. According to a Dec. 27 WZZM report, poets, journalists and novelists are all eligible to apply for the free homes located on Moran, McLean and Meade streets.

Costing $25,000 to $50,000 to renovate, the Write-A-House project will expect the new homeowner winners to live in the property for two years, writing and blogging about anything and everything that interests them as they live on the free property. After that time, they will be given the deed to their house.

Detroit is a city that has a reputation for violence and abandoned homes and properties. And this free home effort is a move meant to draw local writers and those from around the world to the city that needs a better image. With talented writers pouring out their prose on a daily basis to the rest of the world about their new home, the Write-A-House founders hope to increase interest and visitors to the artist-type colony they are building. Think of a future SoHo, for example.

Tourists are already being drawn to the city to see Detroit's abandoned buildings, according to the LA Times. But writers can help increase interest in those who might want to be a part of a reformation of the bankrupt city rather than just see it in shambles.

It will cost less than $500 a month for writers to cover their house insurance and taxes, which will be their only financial responsibility after winning the homes, according to the Los Angeles Times. And with 200 writers already expressing an interest in applying, it appears that many writers feel that is a great deal for a free home, even in Detroit.

HGTV is planning on giving away a home worth a couple million dollars this year in their HGTV Dream Home 2014 sweepstakes. And Publishers Clearing House has been advertising a $3 Million Dream Home giveaway for most of the year as well. But the odds of winning a free home in Detroit are much better for writers than either sweepstakes contest.

But remember what the PCH Prize Patrol is fond of saying: "You have to enter to win." And entering to win these free homes is only something you can do come spring. So check back here for updates on The Apple, The Blossom and The Peach free home.

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