Detroit Muralists Paint to Fight Tax Foreclosures
A new mural in Detroit by Jonny Alexander, Ellen Rutt and Ouizi makes a statement about the plague of unfair tax foreclosures striking families all around Detroit. Painted for The Tricycle Collective, the mural seeks to raise awareness that these are not abandoned homes, these are sanctuaries that foster healthy families, families that deserve to keep them.
Detroit has an epidemic of "families without homes and homes without families," and Detroit artists Jonny Alexander, Ellen Rutt and Ouizi are lending their skills to help local families save their homes. The Tricycle Collective works to raise funds and provide resources to families facing tax foreclosure. A foreclosed home goes to auction, the auction goes to an outside bidder and the family is left homeless. The goal is to keep families in the homes they already live in. The Collective uses the funds raised to directly buy back foreclosed homes for the families who have lost them. "This is a Home, Do Not Bid" is a mantra put forth by the group to help people understand that these are not abandoned homes, these are sanctuaries that foster healthy families, families that deserve to keep them.