The rent went up how much?

By Kate Abbey Lambertz

Detroit is seeing significant rent increases in high-demand neighborhoods.

103,557: How many more affordable rental properties Metro Detroit would need to add so all the region’s extremely low income families could have affordable places to live, according to the latest National Low Income Housing Coalition report on affordable housing.

Put another way, for every 100 extremely low income families, there are only 32 homes they can afford. (Extremely low income is defined as “at or below 30 percent of area median income”; AMI is for the county and much higher than actual incomes in Detroit proper, so extremely low isn’t that extreme. The benchmark for affordable rent is spending 30 percent of household income or less.)

80 percent: The increase in average apartment rents in Detroit from July 2011 to February 2019, the largest of any major city, according to a Metro Times report on rent.com data (unclear if the data includes single family homes as well as multi-unit buildings).

Kate Abbey-Lambertz is the co-founder and editorial director for Detour Media. She leads editorial strategy for the signature Detour Detroit newsletter, The Blend and special projects, while shaping Detour’s membership program, audience development initiatives and design. Kate was previously a national reporter at HuffPost, where she covered equitable cities and urban issues. She launched HuffPost’s Detroit vertical, serving as reporter and editor, and has reported on Detroit for a decade. Follow her on Twitter: @kabbeyl