http://www.shareable.net/blog/giving-aw ... in-detroit
Write a House hasn’t given away any houses yet, but it’s already received loads of national press—from Forbes to the LA Times to the New Yorker—and raised over $18,000 toward its $25,000 fundraising campaign for restoring dilapidated houses to give away to writers.
The Detroit-based upstart nonprofit has a new spin on a writer’s residency program: instead of a temporary writer’s residency, Write a House is seeking to make writers permanent residents of the city, literally by giving writers the deeds to their houses after they’ve lived in them for two years.
Here's a link to Write a House itself:
They mention being open to writers from anywhere, not just the U.S.
Yes, I know. This is Detroit where the average response time to a 911 call is about an hour. The city is bankrupt, so public services are dismal. You'd need to be able to look out for yourself and perhaps pay particularly attention to being part of a colony of writers close together. Then again, with the home essentially free and perhaps enough land for a little garden, your living expenses would become very low. And if you want a dark and gloomy place in which to write end-of-civilization epics or zombie wars, you couldn't find a better place.
And if the plan does well and builds a safe community, after perhaps five years or so, you might sell that free home for enough to make a good start toward buying a home someplace a bit less stressful. Also, keep in mind that at its peak Detroit was one of the wealthiest cities in the country, so beneath a dilapidated exterior might actually lie a quite nice home waiting to be set free.
Time magazine has pictures of the city's magnificence even in decay:
http://content.time.com/time/photogalle ... 89,00.html