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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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United Way for Southeastern Michigan and University of Michigan Poverty Solutions’ The Financial Well-Being of Detroit Residents: What Do We Know? Discussion

Friday, January 22 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm

Please join United Way for Southeastern Michigan and University of Michigan Poverty Solutions on Friday, Jan. 22 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for a virtual convening to discuss the findings and opportunities from a new research report: The Financial Well-Being of Detroit Residents: What Do We Know?

More than half of Detroiters are financially insecure or in financial trouble. This new report unpacks the reasons why. A combination of low and volatile incomes and disproportionately high costs make it challenging for tens of thousands of Detroiters to maintain consistently positive cash flow and build savings, leading many households to accrue unmanageable debt and suffer low credit scores. These conditions leave the average Detroiter particularly vulnerable to financial shocks – more so than in suburban towns and peer cities. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions have made it even more difficult for Detroiters already living on the margins to consistently make ends meet.
But there are reasons for hope. This virtual event will present key findings from the report and kick off a series of community conversations around opportunities for action to address the underlying conditions that create financial instability and hardship for so many Detroiters.
In this event and in the community conversations that will follow, they are seeking to engage a broad range of stakeholders – frontline staff, agency leaders, academics, financial institutions, policymakers, funders, individuals with lived experience of financial hardship, and general members of the community. Please join them.
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Dr. Darienne Driver Hudson, Ed.D., CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Dr. H. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D., Director, University of Michigan Poverty Solutions and Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy
  • Bryan VanDorn, Manager of Health & Basic Needs, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Megan Thibos, Director of Economic Mobility Initiatives, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Afton Branche-Wilson, Assistant Director of Community Initiatives, University of Michigan Poverty Solutions
  • Community residents with experience of financial hardship


Friday, January 22

1:30 pm — 3:00 pm

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