SK Investments, Lansing Housing Commission deal draws ire from public

Luna Ruth

As the Lansing Housing Commission moves forward with the sale of about 200 public housing sites, local activists and city officials are raising concerns about selling to an out-of-state real estate investment firm. 

Lansing Housing Commission Executive Director Doug Fleming said the housing commission will be able to increase the amount of affordable housing across Greater Lansing by selling the properties.

But community members are skeptical of how the sale will affect residents already living in the homes.

“I see this as having a huge negative impact on generational wealth and trying to build equity, especially for Black, brown and poor people,” said Jerry Norris, CEO of The Fledge, a community outreach center in Lansing.

Why are the homes for sale?

The Housing Commission, which has been considering the sale since 2020, plans to convert the homes from a traditional public housing model to a Section 8 model, which allows private landlords to rent apartments and homes at fair market rates to qualified low-income tenants through a rental subsidy program.

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