Cass Community Social Services, a Detroit-based agency established in 2002, started many of its programs as a part of Cass Community United Methodist Church. They work across the city in areas of concentrated poverty, providing programs for food, health, housing, and jobs. Their Tiny Homes program has gained national news attention for its unique model of low-income housing. The 300 sq. ft. homes are rented based on square footage: $1 per square foot. The homes are rent-to-own over a period of seven years. Residents have recently moved into the first six houses that have been built. Cass Community Social Services has plans to begin construction on three more tiny houses, but is waiting for approval from the city of Detroit. Read full story here.

The Wisconsin Volunteers in Mission are traveling to Detroit this week, October 29 – November 4, to volunteer at Cass Community Social Services. This will be their third time visiting the agency. Bruce Koch, Chairman of the Wisconsin VIM, says, “The tiny homes concept is unique, and the group might be working on those when there. Cass Community has many dimensions to their work and they have been a delight to work with.”