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Writers in Detroit can now apply for residency to live in home rent-free according to Boing Boing on December 18. Write -A -House is a non-profit (501c3 status pending) that combines community building with support for the literary arts. Their mission is very simple. Write- A -House wants to bring life back to Detroit by renovating home and give them to authors, journalist, poets, aka writers. “It’s like a writers-in-residence program, only in this case we’re actually giving the writer the residence, forever.”

The organization is two-fold. First it seeks to educate the youth and vocational institutes in carpentry and building. By teaching younger members of the Detroit community a trade skill Write- A -House hopes the youth can use those skills later in life. Write -A -House will then use the renovated home to give to a writer which helps bring residence back into neighborhoods.

Write- A -Home seeks to support low-income writers by awarding at least three homes each year. The organization also seeks to publish a journal of arts and creative non-fiction to document the process. The outcome is bringing life back to Detroit. “The homes are in emerging, active, and diverse neighborhoods. It won’t be Beverly Hills, but maybe that’s okay.”

The home will be awarded the recipient 80% complete. During the first 2 years of residency, where the author lives rent-free, the author is expected to contribute to the Write-A-Home blog, participate in local readings and workshops, use the home as their primary residence, and be responsible homeowners. They must also finish renovations on the house to render it fully inhabitable. If the requirements are met, Write-A-Home will hand over the deed.

Write-A-House set up an Indiegogo crowd funding on “The Peach House” December 17 in an effort to raise $25,000 for its 80% completion project. You can find out more about the Detroit Write-A-House on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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