About our community
An exceptional living environment
As one of Michigan’s largest housing co-operatives, KHCI has a long history of providing affordable housing opportunities to all income classes. We are proud of our community and are Fair Housing Act compliant.
To become a member of our community you need only to apply in person and meet our corporation’s membership requirements. Applicants must meet the minimum income requirements, have an average credit score, and be willing to authorize a criminal background check. To apply in person, or get more information, please schedule an application.
Kramer Homes Co-operative, Inc. History
KHCI has a proud history which began February 4, 1949, when former military housing, constructed by the DoD for the former Warren Tank Plant and Naval Armory, was converted by its residents into co-operative housing.
KHCI was originally designed by famed architects Robert Swanson, Eliel Saarinen, and Eero Saarinen for the purpose of providing defense workers for the tank arsenal and a naval armory with housing, both within close proximity, in 1941.
KHCI and its long history was highlighted in “Michigan History Magazine” in May/June of 2013. According to the author of the article, “Housing was in short supply during World War II, especially in large urban areas such as Detroit where men and women streamed in to labor in the “Arsenal of Democracy”. This development “helped alleviate those housing shortages in Michigan and ultimately became a community that has survived and thrived for more than 70 years.” (Michigan History, Eric Follo)
Since the beginning of it’s co-operative housing existence, KHCI has developed into one of Michigan’s premier housing co-operatives; upgrading it’s infrastructure, building and grounds, to include steel roofs, vinyl windows and siding, and much more.
To learn more about the history of Kramer Homes Co-Operative, Inc., please call 586-757-1270 or visit the Cranbrook Art Museum at 39221 Woodward Aveneue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303, or visit their website at www.cranbrookart.edu.
Taking a look back
I have been a member for 30 years at Kramer Homes, and lived here my entire life. My parents were one of the original founding members in 1949. We are proud of our community, and love the fact that you can raise a family in such a safe and secure living environment.
Furthermore, our Maintenance and Grounds staff does a wonderful job addressing all our concerns and responds quickly and efficiently. I want to thank you for your efforts to maintain a peaceful, enjoyable, and secure living environment for myself and my mother!
Patti O. Member 30 years
Kramer Homes Co-operative may be best known as an affordable place to live. However, it’s greatest asset that makes it a great place to live is the community itself! It is a wonderfully diverse, friendly, well kept and safe community! What I love about living her are the great neighbors I have! Also, I love the friendliness and warmth of everyone here. As I walk the complex, I always see a friendly face and engage in a friendly conversation. People are warm, caring, and helpful. This is the friendliest place I have ever lived! It is a great place to raise a family or grow old!
Chris W. Member 22 years
From the first day, 18 years ago, when I moved into Kramer Homes, I have felt “at home”. The friendly neighbors welcomed me with open arms to their community. The management and staff have always been more than willing to help me and always friendly. I feel safe and secure at Kramer Homes.
Geri D. Member 18 years
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Contact us today to learn more about our distinct community.
Fill out our form or give us a call at 586-757-1240 to learn more about our housing opportunities, and to see if you may be qualified to become a member.