Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI

In the 2000 census, Detroit had a population of 951,270 residents, marking the first time since 1920 that the city's population had dipped below one million. By 2011, the city had 706,585 residents, whose racial composition was 82.7% African American, 10.6% White, 6.8% Hispanic, and 1.1% Asian. Detroit's population has fallen by more than 60 percent from the city's population of 1.85 million in 1950.

For more than four decades, many neighborhoods in Detroit have suffered immense population decline and related urban disinvestment and deterioration. This loss in population and jobs is a direct repercussion of the declining manufacturing base of the region, especially of the Big Three automakers and the even faster shrinkage of industry parts suppliers. The city's poverty rate in 2006 was 32.5 percent, the highest rate for any large (population of over 250,000) city in the country. Unemployment in Detroit is also high. In 2006, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the annual unemployment rate in the city of Detroit to be 13.7 percent – except for post-Katrina New Orleans, this marked the highest rate, by far, of the United States' 50 most populous cities (Fresno, which ranked second highest, had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent).

Despite the daunting task of working against the tide of automotive industry decline, community wealth building institutions in Detroit have had some significant successes. From 1991 through 2005, $9.5 million in loans and grants from Living Cities and additional support from Detroit LISC helped to generate $337 million worth of housing projects, resulting in 3,547 affordable housing units. The fruits of rebuilding efforts are visible in Corktown (where Tiger Stadium was located), Mexicantown (in southwest Detroit, near the Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit to Windsor, Canada), the Morningside neighborhood on Detroit's east side, and in parts of downtown Detroit.

Faced with the recent spate of manufacturing lay-offs, both the City of Detroit and the philanthropic community are stepping up their community building efforts. The City's program, labeled the NEXT Detroit Neighborhood Initiative, will spend $125 million of public funds over five years to implement six neighborhood plans that have been developed through a 15-month community planning process. The philanthropic community has pledged $100 million to create a “New Economy Initiative” fund that will “target companies and projects aimed at diversifying Michigan's ‘old economy'.” The Ford, Kresge and Kellogg foundations have each committed $25 million, with the remaining $25 million coming from the Knight, Hudson-Webber, Max and Marjorie Fisher, C.S. Mott, Skillman, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michicago, and the McGregor Fund.

An overview of community wealth building efforts follows:

Anchor Institutions

Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation has to date distributed more than $260 million to support thousands of charitable activities. The Foundation has grown to over $570 million in assets and holds more than 860 funds established by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and private foundations. Among these funds is its Detroit Neighborhood Fund, which aims to strengthen near-eastside neighborhoods by encouraging collaboration and stimulating investment in this area of Detroit. Read more about Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan...

Ford Foundation

Incorporated in Detroit but headquartered in New York since 1953, the Ford Foundation has recently made a renewed commitment to its original hometown, leading the effort to create the Detroit “New Economy Initiative Fund” by pledging $25 million toward the fund's creation. In 2007, Ford also made $2 million grants to support three leading area cultural institutions: the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Arab American National Museum in nearby Dearborn, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Read more about Ford Foundation...

Hudson-Webber Family Foundation

Created in 1984 through the merger of two family foundations with origins dating back to the late 1930s and early ‘40s, the foundation concentrates its giving primarily within the City of Detroit and has a particular interest in the revitalization of the urban core. During 2006, the Foundation provided grants totaling $3.7 million. The foundation has pledged $5 million in support of the Detroit “New Economy Initiative” Fund. Read more about Hudson-Webber Family Foundation...

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Headquartered in Miami, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with assets exceeding $2.4 billion focused on strengthening democracy by fostering informed and engaged communities.  Its grant making in Miami aims to nurture a “startup culture,” supportive of creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and other agents of change generating new ideas that could shape South Florida’s future.  Reflecting this, in 2017 grants have been awarded to support the NewME Accelerator (a business accelerator for minority start-ups) and FIU Miami’s Urban Future Initiative, which seeks to inform a strategy to grow a broader, more inclusive innovation economy by identifying Miami’s key economic, occupational, creative, and technological assets.

Kresge Foundation

Headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Troy, the Kresge Foundation is developing a multi-year five-part strategy to support the long-term health and stability of the Detroit region. The Detroit Program consists of five priorities: 1) neighborhood improvements, 2) economic development, 3) support for arts and cultural institutions, 4) downtown Detroit revitalization, and 5) enhancing the city's environment and natural resources. Kresge is also one of the three principal $25-million anchors to the $100-milion, multi-foundation Detroit “New Economy Initiative” fund. Read more about Kresge Foundation...

Skillman Foundation

This Detroit-based foundation focuses its effort on developing good schools and good neighborhoods for children. The foundation is focusing the bulk of its grant dollars in six Detroit neighborhoods - Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey-Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Central, and Cody-Rouge. Read more about Skillman Foundation...

University Cultural Center Association

Founded in 1976 by Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Engineering Society of Detroit, UCCA aims to support the physical maintenance and development of Midtown Detroit. In 2003, the UCCA launched a major initiative to improve Woodward Avenue, Midtown's main thoroughfare. To date, over $20 million has been secured for streetscape and façade improvements and low-interest loan programs. Read more about University Cultural Center Association ...

Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Abayomi Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1997, Abayomi is a faith-based nonprofit organization, with origins in New St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, serving Northwest Detroit. Abayomi has provided community and economic development, education, and recreation programs to over 5,000 youth and has completed the first phase of construction of a planned 36,000-square-foot community center. Read more about Abayomi Community Development Corporation...

Bagley Housing Association

Bagley Housing Association (BHA), a not-for-profit organization that provides resources for community development in the Hubbard Richard and Hubbard Farms districts (and other designated areas) of Detroit. BHA seeks to complement other efforts in the area to build a thriving, economically, ethnically and culturally diverse residential/business urban environment. Read more about Bagley Housing Association...

Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation

The Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation (CCNDC) was established in 1982. The group rehabilitates and builds decent, safe and affordable housing and manages eight multi-unit properties. The group also maintains a 3,000-square-foot community center which is rented out for a fee for private functions and at no cost for local nonprofit groups. Read more about Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation...

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

GRDC works to preserve and revitalize the Grandmont Rosedale communities of northwest Detroit. Through its Housing Development Program, the group purchases and renovates vacant homes, assists low-income homeowners with home repairs, and builds new housing on vacant lots. GRDC also has a Commercial Revitalization Program, which aims to revitalize the Grand River Commercial corridor and a Neighborhood Beautification Program, in which volunteers plant trees, install neighborhood signs and rid the community of graffiti. Read more about Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation...

Greater Corktown Development Corporation

Greater Corktown Development Corporation is the result of a merger between Corktown Consumer Housing Cooperative, founded in the 1960s, and Greater Corktown Economic Development Corporation, founded in 1976. The group is currently working on three residential infill projects with a total of roughly 50 units. Now that private investor capital is returning to the neighborhood, plans to shift its focus to supporting commercial and retail activity along Michigan Avenue, which straddles both historic Corktown and North Corktown. Read more about Greater Corktown Development Corporation...

Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development

Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development is a community-based neighborhood organization committed to building affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents in the city's Brightmoor community. To date, it has constructed more than 200 homes and renovated more than 30 others. NDND was also one of a group of non-profit organizations and houses of faith in Brightmoor that spearheaded the establishment of the Brightmoor Alliance in 2000 to develop a broader neighborhood reinvestment strategy that links land use, housing and commerce. Read more about Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development...

Southwest Detroit Business Association

Founded in 1957, the Southwest Detroit Business Association pursues economic development to stimulate investment and grow community wealth in the Mexicantown and nearby areas of southwest Deroit. The group disburses grants for commercial real estate development, provides technical assistance (such as architectural assistance for historic renovation work), and assists with community planning and organizing. Read more about Southwest Detroit Business Association...

United Streets Networking and Planning: Building a Community (U-SNAP-BAC)

Founded in 1985 by a consortium of seven neighborhood organizations and four business associations, U-SNAP-BAC works to revitalize Detroit's east side. U-SNAP-BAC also owns a housing subsidiary, which operates a neighborhood home repair program. To date, U-SNAP-BAC has counseled over 900 families; aided in the development of over 100 block clubs; mentored numerous small businesses; facilitated dozens of workshops, meetings, community forums, and neighborhood cleanup efforts; planted more than100 trees; rehabilitated over 500 homes; and constructed over 130 new affordable homes. Read more about United Streets Networking and Planning: Building a Community (U-SNAP-BAC)...

Vanguard Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1994, Vanguard CDC serves the North End neighborhood of Detroit with a wide-variety of programs, including youth services, in-fill housing construction, commercial real estate development, small business development services, and community organizing. Among Vanguard's programs is its Urban Artist Collective, a multi-media program for youth that teaches graphic design, website design, project management and entrepreneurial skills. Read more about Vanguard Community Development Corporation...

Warren/Conner Development Coalition

Founded by Eastside Detroit leaders in 1984, the Warren/Conner Development Coalition brings together residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses and business associations. WCDC manages an annual budget of approximately $3 million, owns its 30,000 square foot, renovated headquarters building and also serves as landlord to a number of service agencies. It also supports commercial revitalization through a number of subsidiary organizations. Over the past decades, its economic development work has generated 200 new jobs and nearly $20 million in private sector investment. Read more about Warren/Conner Development Coalition...

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

Detroit Investment Fund

The Detroit Investment Fund invests in local initiatives that have the potential to stimulate economic development within Detroit while generating a return for the Fund's investors. By providing low-cost, mezzanine financing, the Fund helps leverage owner equity and attract bank capital to support local investment. To date the fund has lent out over $43 million, attracting a total of $392 million. Projects funded have included real estate development, commercial and industrial lending, and seeding of more specialized community development loan funds. Read more about Detroit Investment Fund...

Opportunity Resource Fund

Created in 2004 out of a merger of two community development funds that date back to the 1980s, the Opportunity Resource Fund (formerly named the Michigan Interfaith Trust Fund) offers a variety of loan products, and underwrites projects for affordable housing, economic development, pre-development, and mixed-use development throughout the state of Michigan. To date, the fund has lent $21.9 million for affordable housing, leveraging an additional $73.7 million, and has helped develop nearly 2,000 housing units. Read more about Opportunity Resource Fund...

Cooperatives (Co-ops)

Cooperative Optical Services, Inc.

Co-op Optical is the largest not-for-profit provider of vision care services in the state of Michigan. Formed in 1960, they pioneered prepaid vision programs in Michigan. As a cooperative, the group contributes to health care cost containment in eye care by providing funded program coverage at reasonable rates. Read more about Cooperative Optical Services, Inc....

Detroit Edison Credit Union

Organized in 1944 to provide financial services for Detroit Edison employees, Detroit Edison Credit Union has grown to provide loans and savings services to more than 28,000 members. As of September 2007, the assets of the credit union exceeded $485 million. Read more about Detroit Edison Credit Union...

Cross-Sectoral

Center for Community-Based Enterprise

Launched in 2006, the Center involves a collaboration of socially oriented investors and business developers who seek to make Detroit a national applied innovation lab for community-based wealth creation strategies. The group's mission is to develop, prototype, and launch strategies to create and support community-based enterprises in Detroit, and to create models that will enable the emergence of similar community-based enterprises everywhere. Read more about Center for Community-Based Enterprise...

City Connect Detroit

City Connect Detroit aims to facilitate collaboration among nonprofits, governments, businesses, grant makers, and others in the metro Detroit region. The group's website includes information on available grants, trends in philanthropy, research and resources to assist area nonprofits with capacity building and forming cross-sector partnerships. Read more about City Connect Detroit...

Municipal Enterprise

Riverview Energy Systems

Located in Riverview, about 20 miles south of downtown Detroit, the Riverview gas recovery project is a city-owned enterprise that was constructed in 1987 and has been selling power to Detroit Edison since 1988. Power production from the gas brings in more than 40,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and reduces annual sulfur dioxide emissions by over 1,200 tons. Riverview's royalties covered the construction costs in its first two years of operation and now add to the city's cash flow. Read more about Riverview Energy Systems...

New State & Local Policies

NEXT Detroit Initiative

Launched by the City in 2006, the Next Detroit initiative is a five-year strategy designed to improve the quality of life in six neighborhoods-East English Village, Osborn, North End, Brightmoor, 7 Mile-Livernois, and Grand River-Greenfield-by coordinating city services around the neighborhood work plans and leveraging private investment in the targeted communities. The city has committed $125 million to the effort and aims to raise $100 million in matching corporate and philanthropic support. Read more about NEXT Detroit Initiative...

University & Community Partnerships

Detroit Community Partnership Center, School of Architecture, University of Michigan

The Detroit Community Partnership Center at Taubman College of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, supports student and faculty research that address community identified needs while meeting the College's educational mission. Issues addressed include quality of life, land use, economic development, and transportation. In one case, students and faculty have helped develop a plan for a retail district with three community-based organizations and have provided analysis to an organization ready to work for greater transportation equity. Read more about Detroit Community Partnership Center, School of Architecture, University of Michigan...

Institute of Detroit Studies, Marygrove College

The only institute of its kind, the Institute of Detroit Studies was founded by Marygrove College in 2001, at the time of the City of Detroit's tricentennial. The Institute builds on Marygrove College's mission to serve the people of metropolitan Detroit, on its location in the city, and on its strong relationship with different Detroit constituencies. Read more about Institute of Detroit Studies, Marygrove College...

Wayne State University Labor Studies Center

Wayne State University's Labor Studies Center is a comprehensive labor education center committed to strengthening the capacity of organized labor to represent workers, while at the same time strengthening the university's research and teaching on labor and workplace issues. The Center's work includes training of local union leaders as well as research on labor-community coalitions, community benefit agreements, and regional power building strategies. Read more about Wayne State University Labor Studies Center...

Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Abayomi Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1997, Abayomi is a faith-based nonprofit organization, with origins in New St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, serving Northwest Detroit. Abayomi has provided community and economic development, education, and recreation programs to over 5,000 youth and has completed the first phase of construction of a planned 36,000-square-foot community center. Read more about Abayomi Community Development Corporation...

Bagley Housing Association

Bagley Housing Association (BHA), a not-for-profit organization that provides resources for community development in the Hubbard Richard and Hubbard Farms districts (and other designated areas) of Detroit. BHA seeks to complement other efforts in the area to build a thriving, economically, ethnically and culturally diverse residential/business urban environment. Read more about Bagley Housing Association...

Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation

The Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation (CCNDC) was established in 1982. The group rehabilitates and builds decent, safe and affordable housing and manages eight multi-unit properties. The group also maintains a 3,000-square-foot community center which is rented out for a fee for private functions and at no cost for local nonprofit groups. Read more about Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation...

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

GRDC works to preserve and revitalize the Grandmont Rosedale communities of northwest Detroit. Through its Housing Development Program, the group purchases and renovates vacant homes, assists low-income homeowners with home repairs, and builds new housing on vacant lots. GRDC also has a Commercial Revitalization Program, which aims to revitalize the Grand River Commercial corridor and a Neighborhood Beautification Program, in which volunteers plant trees, install neighborhood signs and rid the community of graffiti. Read more about Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation...

Greater Corktown Development Corporation

Greater Corktown Development Corporation is the result of a merger between Corktown Consumer Housing Cooperative, founded in the 1960s, and Greater Corktown Economic Development Corporation, founded in 1976. The group is currently working on three residential infill projects with a total of roughly 50 units. Now that private investor capital is returning to the neighborhood, plans to shift its focus to supporting commercial and retail activity along Michigan Avenue, which straddles both historic Corktown and North Corktown. Read more about Greater Corktown Development Corporation...

Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development

Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development is a community-based neighborhood organization committed to building affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents in the city's Brightmoor community. To date, it has constructed more than 200 homes and renovated more than 30 others. NDND was also one of a group of non-profit organizations and houses of faith in Brightmoor that spearheaded the establishment of the Brightmoor Alliance in 2000 to develop a broader neighborhood reinvestment strategy that links land use, housing and commerce. Read more about Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development...

Southwest Detroit Business Association

Founded in 1957, the Southwest Detroit Business Association pursues economic development to stimulate investment and grow community wealth in the Mexicantown and nearby areas of southwest Deroit. The group disburses grants for commercial real estate development, provides technical assistance (such as architectural assistance for historic renovation work), and assists with community planning and organizing. Read more about Southwest Detroit Business Association...

United Streets Networking and Planning: Building a Community (U-SNAP-BAC)

Founded in 1985 by a consortium of seven neighborhood organizations and four business associations, U-SNAP-BAC works to revitalize Detroit's east side. U-SNAP-BAC also owns a housing subsidiary, which operates a neighborhood home repair program. To date, U-SNAP-BAC has counseled over 900 families; aided in the development of over 100 block clubs; mentored numerous small businesses; facilitated dozens of workshops, meetings, community forums, and neighborhood cleanup efforts; planted more than100 trees; rehabilitated over 500 homes; and constructed over 130 new affordable homes. Read more about United Streets Networking and Planning: Building a Community (U-SNAP-BAC)...

Vanguard Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1994, Vanguard CDC serves the North End neighborhood of Detroit with a wide-variety of programs, including youth services, in-fill housing construction, commercial real estate development, small business development services, and community organizing. Among Vanguard's programs is its Urban Artist Collective, a multi-media program for youth that teaches graphic design, website design, project management and entrepreneurial skills. Read more about Vanguard Community Development Corporation...

Warren/Conner Development Coalition

Founded by Eastside Detroit leaders in 1984, the Warren/Conner Development Coalition brings together residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses and business associations. WCDC manages an annual budget of approximately $3 million, owns its 30,000 square foot, renovated headquarters building and also serves as landlord to a number of service agencies. It also supports commercial revitalization through a number of subsidiary organizations. Over the past decades, its economic development work has generated 200 new jobs and nearly $20 million in private sector investment. Read more about Warren/Conner Development Coalition...

Cross-Sectoral

Center for Community-Based Enterprise

Launched in 2006, the Center involves a collaboration of socially oriented investors and business developers who seek to make Detroit a national applied innovation lab for community-based wealth creation strategies. The group's mission is to develop, prototype, and launch strategies to create and support community-based enterprises in Detroit, and to create models that will enable the emergence of similar community-based enterprises everywhere. Read more about Center for Community-Based Enterprise...

City Connect Detroit

City Connect Detroit aims to facilitate collaboration among nonprofits, governments, businesses, grant makers, and others in the metro Detroit region. The group's website includes information on available grants, trends in philanthropy, research and resources to assist area nonprofits with capacity building and forming cross-sector partnerships. Read more about City Connect Detroit...

Anchor Institutions

Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation has to date distributed more than $260 million to support thousands of charitable activities. The Foundation has grown to over $570 million in assets and holds more than 860 funds established by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and private foundations. Among these funds is its Detroit Neighborhood Fund, which aims to strengthen near-eastside neighborhoods by encouraging collaboration and stimulating investment in this area of Detroit. Read more about Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan...

Ford Foundation

Incorporated in Detroit but headquartered in New York since 1953, the Ford Foundation has recently made a renewed commitment to its original hometown, leading the effort to create the Detroit “New Economy Initiative Fund” by pledging $25 million toward the fund's creation. In 2007, Ford also made $2 million grants to support three leading area cultural institutions: the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Arab American National Museum in nearby Dearborn, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Read more about Ford Foundation...

Hudson-Webber Family Foundation

Created in 1984 through the merger of two family foundations with origins dating back to the late 1930s and early ‘40s, the foundation concentrates its giving primarily within the City of Detroit and has a particular interest in the revitalization of the urban core. During 2006, the Foundation provided grants totaling $3.7 million. The foundation has pledged $5 million in support of the Detroit “New Economy Initiative” Fund. Read more about Hudson-Webber Family Foundation...

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Headquartered in Miami, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with assets exceeding $2.4 billion focused on strengthening democracy by fostering informed and engaged communities.  Its grant making in Miami aims to nurture a “startup culture,” supportive of creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and other agents of change generating new ideas that could shape South Florida’s future.  Reflecting this, in 2017 grants have been awarded to support the NewME Accelerator (a business accelerator for minority start-ups) and FIU Miami’s Urban Future Initiative, which seeks to inform a strategy to grow a broader, more inclusive innovation economy by identifying Miami’s key economic, occupational, creative, and technological assets.

Kresge Foundation

Headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Troy, the Kresge Foundation is developing a multi-year five-part strategy to support the long-term health and stability of the Detroit region. The Detroit Program consists of five priorities: 1) neighborhood improvements, 2) economic development, 3) support for arts and cultural institutions, 4) downtown Detroit revitalization, and 5) enhancing the city's environment and natural resources. Kresge is also one of the three principal $25-million anchors to the $100-milion, multi-foundation Detroit “New Economy Initiative” fund. Read more about Kresge Foundation...

Skillman Foundation

This Detroit-based foundation focuses its effort on developing good schools and good neighborhoods for children. The foundation is focusing the bulk of its grant dollars in six Detroit neighborhoods - Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey-Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Central, and Cody-Rouge. Read more about Skillman Foundation...

University Cultural Center Association

Founded in 1976 by Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Engineering Society of Detroit, UCCA aims to support the physical maintenance and development of Midtown Detroit. In 2003, the UCCA launched a major initiative to improve Woodward Avenue, Midtown's main thoroughfare. To date, over $20 million has been secured for streetscape and façade improvements and low-interest loan programs. Read more about University Cultural Center Association ...

Cooperatives (Co-ops)

Cooperative Optical Services, Inc.

Co-op Optical is the largest not-for-profit provider of vision care services in the state of Michigan. Formed in 1960, they pioneered prepaid vision programs in Michigan. As a cooperative, the group contributes to health care cost containment in eye care by providing funded program coverage at reasonable rates. Read more about Cooperative Optical Services, Inc....

Detroit Edison Credit Union

Organized in 1944 to provide financial services for Detroit Edison employees, Detroit Edison Credit Union has grown to provide loans and savings services to more than 28,000 members. As of September 2007, the assets of the credit union exceeded $485 million. Read more about Detroit Edison Credit Union...

University & Community Partnerships

Detroit Community Partnership Center, School of Architecture, University of Michigan

The Detroit Community Partnership Center at Taubman College of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, supports student and faculty research that address community identified needs while meeting the College's educational mission. Issues addressed include quality of life, land use, economic development, and transportation. In one case, students and faculty have helped develop a plan for a retail district with three community-based organizations and have provided analysis to an organization ready to work for greater transportation equity. Read more about Detroit Community Partnership Center, School of Architecture, University of Michigan...

Institute of Detroit Studies, Marygrove College

The only institute of its kind, the Institute of Detroit Studies was founded by Marygrove College in 2001, at the time of the City of Detroit's tricentennial. The Institute builds on Marygrove College's mission to serve the people of metropolitan Detroit, on its location in the city, and on its strong relationship with different Detroit constituencies. Read more about Institute of Detroit Studies, Marygrove College...

Wayne State University Labor Studies Center

Wayne State University's Labor Studies Center is a comprehensive labor education center committed to strengthening the capacity of organized labor to represent workers, while at the same time strengthening the university's research and teaching on labor and workplace issues. The Center's work includes training of local union leaders as well as research on labor-community coalitions, community benefit agreements, and regional power building strategies. Read more about Wayne State University Labor Studies Center...

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

Detroit Investment Fund

The Detroit Investment Fund invests in local initiatives that have the potential to stimulate economic development within Detroit while generating a return for the Fund's investors. By providing low-cost, mezzanine financing, the Fund helps leverage owner equity and attract bank capital to support local investment. To date the fund has lent out over $43 million, attracting a total of $392 million. Projects funded have included real estate development, commercial and industrial lending, and seeding of more specialized community development loan funds. Read more about Detroit Investment Fund...

Opportunity Resource Fund

Created in 2004 out of a merger of two community development funds that date back to the 1980s, the Opportunity Resource Fund (formerly named the Michigan Interfaith Trust Fund) offers a variety of loan products, and underwrites projects for affordable housing, economic development, pre-development, and mixed-use development throughout the state of Michigan. To date, the fund has lent $21.9 million for affordable housing, leveraging an additional $73.7 million, and has helped develop nearly 2,000 housing units. Read more about Opportunity Resource Fund...

New State & Local Policies

NEXT Detroit Initiative

Launched by the City in 2006, the Next Detroit initiative is a five-year strategy designed to improve the quality of life in six neighborhoods-East English Village, Osborn, North End, Brightmoor, 7 Mile-Livernois, and Grand River-Greenfield-by coordinating city services around the neighborhood work plans and leveraging private investment in the targeted communities. The city has committed $125 million to the effort and aims to raise $100 million in matching corporate and philanthropic support. Read more about NEXT Detroit Initiative...

Municipal Enterprise

Riverview Energy Systems

Located in Riverview, about 20 miles south of downtown Detroit, the Riverview gas recovery project is a city-owned enterprise that was constructed in 1987 and has been selling power to Detroit Edison since 1988. Power production from the gas brings in more than 40,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and reduces annual sulfur dioxide emissions by over 1,200 tons. Riverview's royalties covered the construction costs in its first two years of operation and now add to the city's cash flow. Read more about Riverview Energy Systems...