To empower a family with the tools to live a green and healthy lifestyle in the city of Detroit.
We envision that Project Green Home Detroit will inspire Detroiters to work towards a greener way of living in their own homes.
Charlena Banks was renting the house on the East Side of Detroit from a landlord that didn’t officially hold a deed to the house and own it. The moment she became aware of this fact was the same moment she was served an eviction notice and told she needed to
vacate the house, even after paying the landlord over $2,000 of her hard earned money. Through a partnership between Wayne Metro and Detroit Land Bank Authority, Charlena was
able to purchase the house through the DLBA Buy Back Program. After a deposit of $1,000 and paying the taxes on the property for 12 months, that house will finally be a home for her, her partner and their three children.
Charlena and her family are committed to making their new home a healthy, sustainable, safe, and cost-efficient environment for the family of five to live and thrive. Project Green Home Detroit, created by EcoWorks and supported by multiple community partners, will transform the Banks family’s environmentally inefficient home through weatherization and the installation of energy efficient appliances and materials. Importantly, this transformation will include a well rounded education on environmentally- and sustainably-conscious practices.
Please consider supporting the project and the transformation of the Banks family home by contributing to the funding campaign.
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Meet the family (clockwise from top left): Darryon Banks, Nygual Burks, Darryl Burks, Desynah Banks, Charlena Banks, and Socks The Dog)
Your donation can contribute to the following wish list of needed upgrades that will go a long way to make a sustainable impact on the comfort, health, stability, and efficiency of the home: 
  • Energy efficient doors and windows
  • Installation of kitchen ceiling
  • Repiping of house plumbing
  • High efficiency bathroom fixtures
  • Energy efficient washer and dryer
You can see other donated materials and
services from our project sponsors below.
Thank you to all of our supporting partners!
If you're interested in becoming a project sponsor, contact Alicia Miller at amiller@ecoworksdetroit.org
Project Partners
Donating Sponsors
Provided an energy efficient water heater, insulation and furnace
Air sealing measures provided by Smart Neighborhood Weatherization Team


Decibel Energy

Provided a home energy audit.
Venue Sponsor
Media Sponsor

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