The City of Detroit and Wayne County are making concerted efforts to tackle two big problems: the lack of money, and blight.
They’re zeroing in on abandoned houses and homes where owners have fallen behind on their taxes - pay up or face foreclosure.
The foreclosed houses are being offered to those who will fix them up, keep them up, and pay taxes.
What does all of this mean for the people who've been living in those houses? Writer Rose Hackman looked into that question. Her story, "One Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes," is in The Atlantic.
*Listen to our interview with Hackman above.