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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

What is Building the Engine Contributing to Detroit?

  • Over 200 stakeholder organizations meaningfully engaged: CDOs, Grass Roots Organizations, Philanthropy, Intermediaries, CDFIs, Corporations, Academia, City Government
  • Growing consensus understanding of what community development is
  • Broad-based consensus and commitment on foundational values for community development in Detroit: equitable development, resource alignment, strong resident voice
  • Evidence-based finding: Social Cohesion” is the building block for strong neighborhoods
  • A set of Neighborhood Vitality” indicators with a process to report on progress across neighborhoods, council districts and citywide
  • An array of nascent City-CDO partnerships: highlighted by Rebuilding Home Together,” an affordable single family rehab delivery system
  • Data, research, learnings on community development systems in Detroit + 5 cities (Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)
  • A structure to coordinate and monitor the whole system through CDAD
  • A centralized, coordinated community development capacity building delivery system for Detroit
  • An established process where diverse stakeholders know there is a table for candid, authentic and courageous conversations about Detroits neighborhoods
  •  A Ten-Year Strategy for Resourcing a Community Development System
    including pending legislation to incentivize private donations to CDOs
  • Five project now in formation, aligned with five system elements: 
    • Neighborhood Vitality” Index
    • Community Development Capacity Building Delivery System
    • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Project
    • Rebuilding Home Together Project
    • Community Development Leadership Pipeline