The Brick & Mortar Collective (a.k.a. Brick House) is a nonprofit housing co-operative association in Detroit, MI. The organization was formed by a group of individuals inspired by the co-op houses of the Inter Co-operative Council of Ann Arbor. Our mission is to provide affordable room and board to artists, activists, educators, students, and community builders. Though currently renting a large house on the North End of Detroit, we are in the process of renovating a duplex on the East Side of Detroit that was purchased over the summer of 2015. As soon as the duplex is in livable condition, we will be moving into it.
We have spent countless hours working on the duplex since purchasing it, tearing out rotten wood, replacing joists and subfloor, tuckpointing holes in the brickwork, investigating window replacements and roof repairs, and working with contractors to install electricity and running water.
We have also been hard at work writing our constitution, bylaws, member contracts, and all other policy for the organization! Our aim in the future is to continue to be a member owned space that acts as a sustainably low cost of living space for members and as a resource to the surrounding community. We are exploring ways to obligate the organization to act according to the needs and desires of the surrounding area and residents through policy and action. If you do non-profit, activism, or community building work (particularly on the East Side of Detroit) we would love to hear from you!
Currently, we are fundraising to be able to purchase and install a high efficiency heating system, windows, and the materials necessary for internal cosmetic repairs. If you’re interested in donating, please check out our indiegogo page!!