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Write A House expands into North End, announces fundraiser at Herman Kiefer

Octopia!

Herman Kiefer complex, taken March 2014
Michelle & Chris Gerard

Write A House, the Detroit nonprofit that renovates dilapidated homes and gives them to emerging writers, is moving into the North End. Write A House Director (and founding editor of Curbed Detroit) Sarah Cox says the program has purchased two vacant lots and two structures previously owned by the Land Bank through the community partners program. They will work with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) on the renovations.

Write A House has awarded three houses to writers near the border of Hamtramck and Detroit in the past two years, with another coming soon to fourth winner Nandi Comer.

To support the renovation of the North End Properties, Write A House will have a month long fundraising campaign through October. An event called Octopia! A Moveable Feast will kick off the campaign October 1 at the Herman Kiefer complex in the Power House building. Tickets are $125 and the event will have unlimited food and beverages by chef Hassan Musselmani, owner of The Drunken Rooster, as well as Gold Cash Gold and Our/Detroit Vodka.

Power House

This celebration of preserving the architectural character of this city is a collaboration between Write A House and the Herman Kiefer Development company, helmed by Ron Castellano.

To get tickets for the event or learn more visit: Facebook or Eventbrite.