Following the success of the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership Network in post-Katrina New Orleans, HPN launched Develop Detroit in 2015. Detroit, with its backdrop of innovation, manufacturing and music, has always been known as a place where families thrive and opportunity is limitless. This is most evident in the neighborhoods of the city, and in the pursuits of hard-working, talented Detroiters.  However, after decades-long loss of population, rising unemployment and wide-spread home foreclosures, targeted housing and community investment is essential to reclaiming Detroit’s full strength.

HPN’s goal was to create a high-performing nonprofit developer that could help drive this necessary, new housing investment in Detroit’s neighborhoods. 

Develop Detroit Into Image

Develop Detroit builds vibrant, resilient communities and expands opportunities for all residents to succeed.

Member Partners

Partners & Investors

Greater Detroit Area Health Council

Invest Detroit

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Ford Foundation

Kresge Foundation

Wells Fargo

NeighborWorks America

Board of Directors

Dennis Archer, Jr.

CEO, Ignition Media Group

Dave Blaskiewicz

President & CEO, Invest Detroit

Tom Bledsoe

President & CEO, Housing Partnership Network

Gwen Butler

Vice Chairwoman and Chief Marketing Officer, Capri Investment Group, LLC

Sherrie Farrell

Office Managing Member, Dykema

Rick Haller

Retired President and COO, Walbridge

Kate Kohn-Parrot

CEO, Greater Detroit Area Health Council

Sonya Mays

President & CEO, Develop Detroit

Jason Paulateer

VP & Market Manager, PNC

Will Smith

CFO, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Dan Varner

CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit