JEI Awarded MSHDA Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Grant!

Jefferson East, Inc. (JEI) is honored to be a recipient of the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA) Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Grant! This grant will allow us to contribute to the revitalization of the Jefferson Chalmers community by aiding residents with emergency home repairs, housing enhancements and beautification activities.

As JEI’s Director of Housing and Neighborhood Services, Michelle Lee, states, “JEI continues to work as much as we can advocating for home repair dollars & resources for our residents and communities to thrive.”

For information on JEI’s support services in the neighborhoods, contact our Housing and Neighborhoods Services team at 313.331.7939 ext. 1 or email at: .

Sabrina Underwood
Property Tax (Deadline) Alert!

JEI Housing & Neighborhood Services, in conjunction with the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office & City of Detroit Assessor’s Office, inform you of a Property Tax Alert!

Homeowners who currently owe 2016 or prior years property taxes may have until JUNE 30th to get on a payment plan such as IRSPA (Interest Reduction Stipulated Payment Agreement) that reduces the interest rate from 18% to 6%.

If you need assistance, we encourage you to contact our office at 313-331-7939, ext. 1 to speak with a counselor. We also assist with Step Forward applications and can connect you with partner agencies to assist renters and homeowners who may have more extensive needs.

The mission of JEI’s Housing & Neighborhood Support Services team is to keep Detroiters in their homes.

Have you applied for the 2019 Property Tax Exemption (PTE)?

This program may reduce or eliminate your current year’s property taxes.

If not, contact our Financial Opportunity Coordinator, Jacqueline Richmond, to make an appointment at 313-314-2706 or by email at for assistance. Drop by for monthly PTE application assistance every 2nd Wednesday, monthly, at our office located at 1018 Chalmers, Detroit, MI 48215 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

Last Day to submit PTE applications for current tax year 2019 is December 9th, 2019


Sabrina Underwood
JEI Presents: Jazzin' at the Vanity - June 29 & June 30, 2019!

JEI Presents: Jazzin’ at the Vanity, in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)present: Jazzin’ at the Vanity.  

 Jazzin’ at the Vanity is a free two-day jazz and blues festival celebrating the musical heritage of the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood and that of Detroit’s historic Vanity Ballroom - one of the last surviving big-band era ballrooms in Detroit.   An extension of JEI’s long-standing Jazzin’ on Jefferson, Jazzin’ at the Vanity takes place Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2019 on east Jefferson Avenue between Newport and Lakewood streets, in the center of the historic Jefferson Chalmers Business District. 

 The festival, which will be anchored in front of the Vanity Ballroom, will feature world class jazz and blues performances across two stages, a wide variety of local vendors, food, wine & spirits, and activities for the entire family.  A Kids Zone, will feature fun experiences including games, face painting, various arts & crafts projects and variety performers provided by Detroit Imagination Works and Detroit Circus.  

Headlining this year will be celebrated jazz bassist, Ralpe Armstrong, on Saturday, June 29 at 8:00pm and Detroit’s Queen of Blues,Thornetta Davis on Sunday, June 30 at 6:00pm. Other performers include the French jazz artist, Alexandre Saada We FreeMarion Hayden Legacy Ensemble, James O’dell & TBone Paxton Octet, Brandon Williams Jazz Explorations, James Cloyd Group, Mahogany Jones, Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club and more! 

 Attendees will also enjoy the creation of live art installations, designed on-site by local Detroit visual artists. These installations will be inspired by collective oral histories of the Vanity Ballroom, gathered in partnership with the Detroit Historical Societyin conjunction with their Detroit 67project, to preserve and celebrate the rich history of the Vanity Ballroom and Detroit residents who have experienced it. 

 Other festival features include a Community Conversationled by JEI’s development arm, East Jefferson Development Corporation (EJDevCo), to gather input on neighborhood needs and future development in Jefferson Chalmers. 

 Festival attendees will enjoy pottery tile making with Pewabic Pottery and DIA Away, a mobile creativity space, sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) which provides free hands-on art experiences to people of all ages. 

Applications for food, service and craft vendors are available online at and are due by Friday, May 31.  

 Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of capacities; sign-up is open until Monday, June 17. 

 Jazzin’ at the Vanityis made possible through the generous donations and support received by the NEAMCACACity of Detroit, and The Grosse Pointe War Memorial. 

Festival hours of operation are Saturday, June 29, 12:00pm - 9:00pm and Sunday, June 30, 1:00pm - 7:00pm. 

For more information visit or contact:

Sabrina Underwood

Marketing & Communications Manager, Jefferson East, Inc.

(313) 261-2947

Sabrina Underwood