Did You Know?

  • The City of Southfield has more almost 800 acres of park land as well as two public nine-hole golf courses.

  • Southfield Flower Day was developed by the Mayor and City Council to promote curb appeal and beautification efforts throughout the City of Southfield.

  • There are 32 miles of rivers and streams in Southfield, and the City hosted the 1st annual Rouge River Cleanup over 35 years ago.

  • The Southfield Public Library has won numerous regional and national awards for its innovative architecture and progressive programs.

The Southfield Home Improvement Program

The Southfield Home Improvement Program (SHIP) is a zero-interest deferred loan program for income qualified homeowners. The focus of the program is maintaining homes as it relates to health and safety issues and minimum housing standards. It does not get involved with remodeling or updating for cosmetic purposes, additions or new construction projects. Typical types of improvements include roofs, heating, hazardous electrical, and sewer repairs. The program is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The City of Southfield also participates in the efforts to reduce lead-based paint hazards.

Qualifications include the following guidelines:

  • You must be a homeowner/occupant;
  • You must have owned the home for at least one year;
  • The home must be covered by homeowners insurance;
  • The property taxes must be current;
  • Only one lien currently existing on the property; and
  • The combined annual household gross income must not exceed the income limits as determined by HUD listed below.
Household Size
Max. Gross Income
(FY 2019)
1 $42,750
2 $48,850
3 $54,950
4 $61,050
5 $65,950
6 $70,850
7 $75,750
8 $80,600

For additional information or to obtain an application, call Lorna Boulware at (248) 796-4177, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.