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Effort aims to renovate Detroit homes for writers

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit project aims to renovate three vacant houses and give them to writers for free.
   
The Detroit News reports that the Write A House project is open to writers including novelists, poets, playwrights and journalists. The group is raising money to support the effort and plans to begin accepting applications in the spring.
   
Co-founder Toby Barlow said the project's Detroit location is a factor in interest since it kicked off in mid-December.
   
Writers selected will get a house that's about 1,000 square feet with two bedrooms. Recipients should be ready to paint and help with other finishing touches. Writers selected must promise to stay for two years, and after that they may be given the deed.
   
Writers will be responsible for covering insurance and taxes.