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DETROIT-After donating a bank branch to U-Snap-Bac, an agency that helps with low-income housing in the city, Bank One also provides a construction loan to renovate the branch.

The renovated building is now U-Snap-Bac’s administrative office and center for its community outreach programs, which includes first-time homebuyer workshops, financial literacy classes, and a host of informative community meetings and seminars. U-Snap-Bac also helps low-income residents with home repairs, conducts a crime-prevention program and provides business incentive grants to maintain andpromote small businesses.

U-Snap-Bac will share its new meeting rooms and office resources with the many neighborhood associations and block clubs it assists, says Linda Smith, the organization’s executive director.

U-Snap-Bac, formed in 1985, is developing Morningside Commons, a three-phase, $20-million affordable housing project that currently includes 40 single-familyhomes, 64 rental townhouse units and a community park. The group plans to embark soon on the final phase–50 single-family homes for low- and moderate-income residents–in the area bounded by Mack, East Warren, Alter and Wayburn avenues.

“Bank One’s interest in improving conditions for the residents on the east side of Detroit has lead them to donate their former bank building,” Smith says. “Without their dedication to the community, this opportunity could not have presented itself. This building will not only enhance the current operations of U-Snap-Bac, but it will be a place where residents use community resources in the heart of their neighborhood. There is no greater place to do this than this beautifully renovated facility.”

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