The Issue: Families Living in Poverty in Detroit
Roughly 36% of the population lives below the poverty line in Detroit, according to data from the US Census Bureau. Many of these people are families with children, who do not have beds due to limited space and inadequate resources. Some children have been sleeping on the floor for many years and have never had a bed of their own.
The Campaign: Providing Mattresses for Families
If 35 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Humble Design can provide a mattress for a family transitioning to a new home from a homeless shelter. Families transitioning from homelessness often have no furniture or other home necessities, so Humble Design provides gently used tables, lamps, and cooking utensils to make each new home a livable environment—though providing mattresses is always its first priority. Each additional $350 raised will provide a mattress for another family.
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Humble Design helps low-income families create new lives after transitioning from homelessness by furnishing their homes with repurposed furniture and supplies. It conducts home makeovers largely with donated and used items, creating thrifty and eco-friendly home designs for families in the Metro area, including many single-parent families and victims of domestic abuse. Reusing cleaning products and large pieces of furniture simultaneously help families create comfortable living spaces, and keeps these items out of Detroit’s overflowing landfills.
Though Treger Strasberg and Ana Smith, the co-founders of Humble Design, spent nearly two months on their first house, they now handle as many as seven a week, according to an interview in the New York Times. Their team starts each redesign by giving family members beds for sleeping, pots for cooking, kitchen tables for family meals, and dressers to store clothing. The volunteers pick up the furniture from homes with excess supplies and deliver them to the families for free. They then undertake a full home makeover, cleaning the space and supplying rugs, lamps, and flowers to create a warm environment.