Detroit–there is always something new and exciting going on in this city, whether it’s a new tech venture being established, an upcoming niche event or movement, or a new private fund created to pay your bills. Yes, pay your bills! If you’re constantly thinking of events that you could put on to enhance the city AND want to get a rent subsidy, then look no further than the Live Detroit Fund.
The Live Detroit Fund was established in August of 2011 through the “Do It For Detroit” campaign organized by CommunityNEXT, a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. The fund allows recipients to receive $250 per month toward their rent. What’s the catch? The catch could literally be a game of catch, as you’re required to host a monthly event to help build community in Detroit.
So far, there have been 14 people who have received the LDF subsidy. Currently, there is enough money in the fund left to fund 11 more projects. One of the main reasons why this program has been so successful is because there are so many people here in Detroit who not only have good ideas on how to build community within the city, but they also have a huge desire to make it happen. Some of the past recipients include 23 year old Ryan Landau and his roommate, Jacob Smith.
Landau and Smith organized events that included a bar crawl, a pool party, and even a Michigan beer tasting! Some events in the works include arts focused events and Schabbat meals.
This is a terrific opportunity for those interested in moving to Detroit and contributing to its rebirth to move to the city, host that event, and get a much desired rent subsidy as well. The fund is open to anyone 21 years old and up and is not limited to those that are Jewish. To learn more, check out www.livedetroitfund.org
Source: The Jewish News