Our Story



Detroit’s Only International House

The Detroit International House is Detroit’s only International House. Detroit International House was inspired by a house rehabilitation in 2016. Karen Cherven, a Detroit real estate investor, purchased a home for $1300 from the Detroit Land Bank in February 2016. Many foreigners from all over the world came to help her rehabilitate the house. Karen’s first helper was a young man from Japan, Ryosuke Morita. Others soon followed from Germany, France, the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Canada. The house was finally completed and certified with the Detroit Land Bank in the fall of 2016.

In 2017, Karen purchased the house two doors down from this house and continued her work of hosting foreigners who were visiting Detroit.

In 2018, Karen expanded her activities to New York City and established collaborations with local businesses to offer affordable housing, English language instruction, and volunteer opportunities to internationals visiting that city. 

Detroit International House is a true home away from home for internationals visiting Detroit and New York City, offering affordable housing in a vibrant international community, English language instruction, and volunteer opportunities.  

Detroit International House is a 501 (c) (3) public charity.

For information on our programs in Detroit and New York City contact us today!

Interested in staying with us?Contact us for availability!