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Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
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In Good Faith: Reimagining the Use of Land Contracts

Thursday, June 10Wednesday, June 30

In Good Faith: Reimagining the Use of Land Contracts

For more than half a century, land contracts have been used to exploit and extract wealth from Black communities locked out of more traditional and regulated pathways to homeownership. But mission-driven organizations working in Detroit and Southeast Michigan have found that land contracts implemented by good-faith sellers can offer a sustainable pathway to homeownership and represent an important alternative for buyers without access to mortgage financing.

In a new policy brief, In Good Faith: Reimagining the Use of Land Contracts, Enterprise and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan draw from the community development sector’s experience to identify best practices, interventions and key common-sense reforms to make land contracts a safer and more effective homeownership tool.

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Thursday, June 10

Wednesday, June 30

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