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Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

1855 Place photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Michigan State University is expecting thousands of students for the fall semester. The official move-in begins this weekend. We talk with Dr. Ray Gasser of MSU's Residence Education and Housing Services department and resident assistant Anneka Hart.

Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Elected officials in the city of Lansing are grappling with security at the HUD subsidized South Washington Park Apartments and with creation of a city marijuana ordinance. The city council’s Public Safety committee is involved in both issues. We talk with two of the committee’s members, Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar.

South Washington Park Apartments photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Housing Commission

Public officials are working with the residents of Lansing’s South Washington Park Apartments, trying to improve living conditions there. We learn more about the challenges from two members of the Lansing Housing Commission, Patricia Baines-Lake and Tony Baltimore.

Lansing is waiting to learn more about the status of a discrimination complaint with HUD involving city officials. We talk with city council member Carol Wood about that and about Jim Smiertka, the appointee awaiting confirmation as Lansing’s next city attorney.

Derrick Quinney photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ingham County Register of Deeds Derrick Quinney talks about a new law that will benefit homeowners, and about how his office can be a resource for residents.

MSU tiny house photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Some MSU students are thinking big and building small with the campus's first tiny house. We talk to Tiffany Pupa about the "Sparty's Cabin" being built inside the MSU Surplus Center.

Detroit house
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Current State talks with Frank Altman of the Community Reinvestment Fund about the Detroit Home Mortgage Program.

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Anyone who’s ever bought or lived in an older home knows there is always something to fix. In an ideal situation, it’s a patch here, some paint there, but older homes are sometimes plagued with environmental problems that can threaten the health of their occupants. These issues run the gamut from lead paint chips to mold to leaky stoves and furnaces. A new program in Lansing is now training assessors to not only document those defects, but to help improve residents’ health.


Federal officials consider housing “affordable” when it costs less than 30-percent of its residents’ income. By that measure, affordable housing is outside the reach of more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As of this morning, there’s a new game plan for to increase quality, affordable housing in the Lansing area.

The housing market in Michigan is much healthier today than it was four years ago.  Foreclosure rates have been declining in that time, though there was a slight uptick in filings in July.

Neighbors in Action: Habitat for Humanity Lansing

Aug 13, 2014
Courtesy - Habitat for Humanity Lansing

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates affordable homes and is one of the most recognized non-profits in the world.

Courtesy - Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

Federal officials define housing as affordable when it costs 30 percent or less of a household’s income. By that measure, more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties do not live in affordable housing, according to recent MSU research.


It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Hometown Housing Partnership, an East Lansing based organization that promotes homeownership and offers financial assistance to homebuyers.

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Earlier this year in his State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder emphasized  his administration’s desire to increase immigration to Michigan. Recently, state officials got news that could move the state closer to that goal. Last month, federal customs officials approved the state’s application to launch an initiative that could attract more foreign investment and workers to the state.