Write A House is a non-profit organization in Detroit (501c3 status pending) offering free houses to writers.
The project is two-tiered. First, they plan to educate local youth through vocational training in carpentry and construction.
Second, they will award at least three homes per year to low-income writers.
WAH has launched a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo for the renovation of the first house. Their goal is $25,000.
"Detroit has an amazing arts scene," said novelist and co-founder Toby Barlow in today's press release. "Our musical heritage is legendary, worldwide. And the visual arts have MOCAD, the DAC, and the College for Creative Studies, not to mention all the downtown galleries, but the literary arts haven't really seen the same energy and growth."
Kim James, another founder, calls it "a chance to take a negative and make it a positive."