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House donated by Degeneres arrives in Highland Park

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The house that Ellen Degeneres promised Detroit’s Mama Shu was delivered to Highland Park this week.

The comedian and talk show host surprised the Detroit activist with the $100,000 pre-fab house when she appeared on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” in September.

Shu (whose real name is Shamayim Harris) raised $250,000 through Kickstarter to develop a sustainable community called Avalon Village in Highland Park between Woodward and Second. She has already purchased several properties and landscaped the block.

Shu said on the “Ellen” show that she hopes to offer a place for women entrepreneurs, students, urban gardens and more.

The house has been delivered to Highland Park, but it will be days before it is moved to the plot where the foundation is being finished, according Avalon Village publicist Robin Schwartz. A large deck, landscaping and items to furnish the home have also been donated.

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