Whitney Burney and her four kids are now in a new home – but her situation was much different just a few months ago. Not long ago, Burney and her children were il-egally e-icted just before Christmas with the help of Detroit p-olice. She said, “The officer came, and they said I had to leave, I had to take what I could.”
Detroit p-olice admitted it was wrong for them to get involved in her e-iction, and that’s not their policy. They have realized that they were wrong and even re-trained their officers and explained they too, were not given the right information. Officer said they’re working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Since then, many activists including Detroit E-iction Defense have stepped up to help her, raising enough money to pay for a year’s rent. The city of Detroit also says Wayne Metro will deliver a check for three months’ rent to her current landlord on Friday. The city added Wayne Metro paid for most of her hotel stay while she was getting back on her feet and got her kids’ laptops.
The city says it’s also working on getting her reimbursed for the things she lost and currently processing the p-olice claims forms. In the meantime, her new home is a haven. “We love it,” she said. “We all have our own space.” Non-profit Humble Design works to end the cycle of not having a home furnished the house and decorated for free. “It’s homey,” Burney said. “We have family pictures up that we didn’t have.” She also thanked everyone for their support and help her get back on her feet.