Kramer Homes offers gift of community for disabled vet

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 4, 2015


CENTER LINE — In recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Kramer Homes Co-Operative collectively wants to give a disabled U.S. military veteran the gift of community.

The management of the historic, privately owned housing cooperative is looking for a disabled vet — one who is interested in moving into a Kramer Homes unit — to thank with an offer of a paid membership in the corporation, closing costs and upgrade fees, worth up to $8,500 total.

As a new member and resident of Kramer Homes, the selected veteran would then only be responsible for meeting an affordable monthly carrying charge and the cost of utilities.

Kramer Homes was built in the early 1940s as government housing for a group of 500 defense industry workers and their families. When the war ended, Kramer Homes was sold to a group of people who lived there, and the community became a privately owned nonprofit housing corporation.

Jonathan Pellow, manager of the Kramer Homes Co-Operative, brought the concept of offering the gift to a disabled veteran before the Kramer Homes board of directors, where it was met with approval.

“I have heard firsthand stories of the sacrifices made by the men and women in our armed forces that allow us to live in the greatest country on the planet. It is greatly appreciated,” Pellow said. “We here at Kramer would like to extend a huge thank you beyond words by offering, at least, a place to live in our community. God bless the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Kramer Homes board of directors President Lynda Tanner said she’s lived in the Kramer Homes community for 33 years and that it has a lot to offer. She said she has high hopes for the disabled veteran gift program and its potential in the future.

“Maybe it’s something we can do again. Let’s just see what our responses are and go from there,” Tanner said. “It’s nice to be able to do that, to help someone out.”

Standard qualifications for membership that must be met include an income and credit score requirement and a personal history free of felony convictions.

Disabled veterans wishing to be considered, or anyone wishing to submit a name on behalf of a deserving veteran, are being asked to respond by mail postmarked no later than Nov. 20.

Submissions should include information about the veteran to be considered, including details about their service.

Letters should be mailed to Jonathan Pellow, Kramer Homes Co-Operative, 8830 E. 10 Mile Road, Center Line, MI 48015.