Detroit Shoreway Displacement Survivors Fund
$2,006 raised
57% of $3.5k goal
22 contributors
11 Days left Ends Nov 30, 2017
Families being displaced by nonprofit Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization need immediate help to avoid homelessness and regain stability. Join us in showing how community, near and far, can come together to love and support one another.

Please check out our updates tab! Of the 16 families impacted by this displacement, we believe only 5 families remain in their homes. The status of three more are unknown.  We have reached our $2k goal, and have expanded the goal to $3,500 with a deadline of October 31st to meet changing needs of the families.  Thank you everyone for your continued support!  

If you would like to volunteer to support the families, please sign up at: 

Support Displaced Families in Detroit Shoreway

On the west side of Cleveland, OH, 16 families are fighting victimization on two fronts. Having spent years in conflict with an unethical landlord they are now facing displacement at the hands of the nonprofit Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO), which took receivership of the properties on June 6, 2017.

At least three families have already had to leave their homes under threat of an eviction that, once filed with the court, would create an additional barrier to obtaining future housing. These families are not yet in stable housing situations, and the minimal help DSCDO has given ($300 - $700) is not enough, especially when they’ve been told they won’t get their security deposits back. Another family is facing the threat of eviction this week.

Concerned neighbors have been organizing with many of the tenants since mid July, and thankfully donors and volunteers have helped several families narrowly avoid having to stay in a shelter. The situation is evolving quickly, and many of the tenants' needs are still unknown. The families being displaced cannot wait for Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization to offer more compassionate support, and need us to step up as a community to generously donate to help them survive this hardship. Please join us in raising $2,000 to support the most pressing and immediate needs of these families, and show how community - near and far - can come together to love and support one another.

To hear some of the families' stories, please watch this short video by filmmaker Jasmine Golphin:

How We Got Here

Many of the families were given 30-day notices to leave their homes in late July. The families were not able to meet this deadline, and report that they were then given multiple contradictory offers of “relocation assistance”, sometimes in addition to threats of eviction from DSCDO, but have yet to get offers of assistance in writing.

Many acted based on promises made by other DSCDO employees that evaporated when Jeff Ramsey, Executive Director of DSCDO, returned from an extended trip. Some were made promises by Jeff Ramsey that were rescinded or altered within days. There have been so many verbal offers and withdrawals that tenants no longer know where they stand, other than that they need to leave their houses, and their community.

The Impact of Forced Displacement

Rapidly rising housing costs in the “up and coming” Detroit Shoreway neighborhood would pose a challenge for finding any one of these affected families looking to find another affordable apartment in their own community. That shortage has been exacerbated by the number of families simultaneously searching for new housing just as these units are being held empty. Those difficulties have been further compounded by the uncertainty and pressure to find new housing quickly or face an eviction on their record.

Some families want to fight to stay in their homes. Some residents come from families that have lived in this neighborhood for generations. They don't want to leave their churches, change doctors, or find new childcare. Parents are worried about the consequences to their children’s health, happiness, and education if they are forced to move in the middle of the school year. Many residents have limited mobility or transit options and are concerned moving will isolate them from critical support networks.

Other families simply want enough time and money to reasonably move. Many have overcome the trauma of being homeless in the past, and are desperate not to become homeless again.

How Your Donation Will Be Used to Support These Families

Our neighbors need funds for rent, deposits, moving expenses, and replacing appliances. Some who were forced to move quickly need clothes, appliances, food, and money to catch up from lost wages from having to take off shifts to deal with all of this. Some need extra bus money or to pay for childcare in order to look for new apartments, or to go to appointments with local charities. Several tenants are disabled or have immediate medical needs that make this situation even harder.

Your donation will support the most immediate needs of the families we are working with. As we meet the few remaining tenants we have not talked to yet, we will update the fundraiser.

If Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization begins offering more compassionate relocation assistance, and the families' needs are met, any remaining funds from this fundraiser will be held for future displacement support efforts.

Additionally, several families have insisted that they prefer to pay back donations they use from the fund, so that other neighborhood families facing displacement in the future have the support they are getting now from neighbors and volunteers.

If you can’t donate money, but you'd like to offer time, skills, or other resources (storage space, affordable apartments for rent, offers to drive people to appointments, childcare) please email

For more video interviews with tenants, please check out Jasmine A Golphin’s latest work at

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