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NSO Bell Building

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 provides permanent, supportive housing for homeless adults and much needed support services to help them stabilize and turn their lives around. It also is the home of NSO's 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

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 dfigurski@nso-mi.org.

Join NSO in resorting lives

To make a donation or receive more information, please call 313-961-4890.

NSO Bell Building Photos