NSO Bell Building
We are increasing our reach to the community as we create homes for Detroit's chronically homeless, bringing life to the historic former Michigan Bell Building on Oakman Boulevard in Detroit. The NSO Bell Building is a groundbreaking effort that will provide permanent, supportive housing for homeless adults and much needed support services to help them stabilize and turn their lives around. It will also be the home of our new headquarters.
The $50 million community investment is providing 155 safe, fully furnished, one-bedroom apartments for formerly homeless adults. NSO will provide mental health, addiction treatment, intensive case management, financial literacy, nutrition classes and other on-site support in one location to better help residents restore their lives. A health care clinic is located in the building for residents and the community to utilize. The facility also includes amenities such as a gym, library, computer room, art and music rooms, and a chapel.
The project is acting as a catalyst for revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood. With new residents and approximately 200 NSO employees inhabiting the building, we foresee an increase in customer traffic for local businesses and opportunities for the creation of new businesses in the community. In addition, the NSO Bell Building is expected to save taxpayers more than $5 million annually, as some estimates show that a single chronically homeless individual can cost taxpayers $50,000 or more a year in police calls, ambulance calls, emergency room visits, and time spent in the hospital — all paid for with public dollars.
The NSO Bell Building project has won the following awards:
- Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation
- Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s Building Award
- National Trust for Historic Preservation Award
- National Housing and Rehabilitation Association’s Judges Award: Most Advanced Financial Structure category of the 2013 J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation
- Detroit LISC/Community Development Advocates of Detroit’s Excellence in Real Estate Development Award
- American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan’s Merit Award
- Engineering Society of Detroit Construction and Design Award
- Brick in Architecture Award Program
Help NSO Meet The Kresge Challenge Grant
Through December 31, 2013 we are actively seeking funds to meet a Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant. Currently, we have raised nearly $500,000 of the $750,000 needed. If we can raise the additional $250,000 by the deadline, The Kresge Foundation will grant $500,000 to NSO’s Bell Capital Campaign, which was created to raise the funds needed to complete renovations to the NSO Bell Building.
To assist in meeting the grant, we have launched www.nso.seeyourimpact.org. The site:
- Provides information about how your contribution will impact the lives of the building’s 155 formerly homeless adults
- Provides the opportunity to donate as an individual, organization or company, including sponsoring a one-bedroom apartment for $5,000. Those who wish to donate also can set-up a personal fundraiser page and recruit friends and family to support the NSO Bell Building or support one of the NSO advocates that has already created a personal page.
- Features a video tour of the new NSO Bell Building
- Showcases resident stories
All who give will recieve a personal story about a Bell Building resident and information about how their donation will help change the resident's life.
Group Tours of the NSO Bell Building
Are you part of a service, corporate or faith group interested in learning more about the NSO Bell Building? We can arrange a special tour for your group to learn more about this significant investment in the City of Detroit and how it is changing the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.
The one-hour tours are hosted by a NSO Bell Building resident and NSO staff. A minimum of five guests are required to arrange a group tour. Groups larger than 10 will be divided into smaller groups.
Tours are by appointment only and take place Monday-Saturday. To arrange a tour, please contact Denise Figurski at 313-961-4890 x 1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join NSO in resorting lives
NSO has raised 80 percent of the funds needed to complete this project. Your contribution will help us complete the project and move people into their new homes. Opportunities are available at all levels of giving.
To make a donation or receive more information, please call Michelle Bosau at 313-961-4890, ext. 1023.
NSO Bell Building Photos