Brick + Beam Detroit is a community for property owners, tradespeople, and building rehabbers of all levels. We support rehabilitation and reinvestment in Detroit by sharing knowledge, building talent, and providing access to the resources needed to keep projects moving forward. Brick + Beam's forum connects people interested in rehabbing and reinvesting in Detroit’s buildings with hands-on skills, local tradespeople, resources, advice, and overall moral support needed to get repair projects started -- and to keep them going.
Brick + Beam is a proud 2015 Knight Cities Challenge winner and is made possible by support from the Knight Foundation and Quicken Loans Community Fund. The project is a collaboration among the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Detroit Future City, and Preservation Detroit, represented and currently led by Executive Director Alissa Shelton with the support of Brick + Beam's original cofounders.
Alissa is excited about fixer-upper homes as an opportunity to bring more people into property ownership. Alissa most recently was the Director of Training for Incremental Development Alliance, a national nonprofit focused on citizen-led real estate development, where she worked on national workshop and training series. She's been a familiar face at Brick + Beam Detroit community events and hosted our first-ever hands-on window workshop a few years ago at Bank Suey, a 1920s bank building-turned-Chop Suey restaurant-turned-community space that she owns and has rehabbed with her family. She and her partner have also rehabbed a 100+-year-old Hamtramck duplex, which they rent out, and are in the process of fixing up another 1915 home, where they live. Alissa is a 2017 Salzburg Global Fellow, holds a BSc. in Psychology from Wayne State University, and is in the process of getting her Michigan Residential Builders License.
News from Brick + Beam Detroit
Brick + Beam Detroit to Expand Home Repair Classes, Hire Executive Director, with New Funding from Quicken Loans Community Fund and Knight Foundation
DETROIT, November 9, 2018 – Brick + Beam Detroit, a support and education network for Detroit's home rehab community, today announced $150,000 in total grant funding from both the Quicken Loans Community Fund and the Knight Foundation. The grants will support the creation of a full-time Executive Director position, expand and increase the frequency of home repair classes and improve access to information and resources about building rehabilitation in Detroit. Read the full news release here.
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