Ford always works hard to give back to the community. Recently, the brand was involved with a major effort to revamp neighborhoods and to provide affordable housing. Donating over $400,000, the automaker helped to construct 25 tiny homes in order to revitalize communities. In addition to donating money, the Ford Volunteer Corps was also a part of the construction process.
According to Ford, the Ford tiny homes project was designed to create affordable housing. Such homes range from 250 to 400 sq ft, sitting on 30-by-100 ft lots. Though it might sound strange to some, tiny homes have swept the country in other areas. They are especially popular because they make the most of space and materials, providing essentials for living without creating unnecessary costs. Overall, this project cost $1.5 million, and Ford was the leading supporter.
“Cass Community’s tiny homes project presents an opportunity to make a big difference in an underserved Detroit neighborhood,” says Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Fund. “Ford has a proud legacy of giving back to Detroit and Southeast Michigan, and this type of transformational project aligns with our mission of making people’s lives better through innovation.”
In addition to this housing project, Ford is also looking to contribute a total of $20 million to Detroit communities over the course of the year. The brand will invest in local education, culture/art projects, diversity efforts, hunger relief, and social service organizations. As the home of the automaker, Detroit has become an important place for the Ford community.