Dan Gilbert's foundation will give $13 million to help Detroit renters facing eviction

May 23, 2022, 11:18 AM

Dan and Jennifer Gilbert are joining efforts to provide lawyers for Detroiters at risk of eviction.

The Gilberts in 2016. (Photo: North American International Auto Show)

Their family foundation will give up to $13 million over three years to set up a new Detroit Eviction Defense Fund, according to Crain's Detroit Business and other media.

An analysis of 30,000 eviction cases from 36th District Court showed that just 4 percent of tenants had representation in defense of eviction filings, while 83 percent of landlords did.

The business mogul and his spouse reinforce a city council vote two weeks ago, when members voted 7-2 for a right-to-counsel program assuring that qualifying Detroiters have an attorney for eviction and foreclosure hearings. It'll be financed with $6 million in federal Covid aid and charitable help such as the Gilberts' gift.

Eviction defense providers say $16.7 million is needed, according to Crain's.


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Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business

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