New Dashboard Metrics!
We have freshened up our dashboard by replacing some of the numbers we report each week. For example, the neighborhood street lighting project is 99% complete, so we will no longer report the number of new LED lights installed each week. Other dashboard numbers, including nuisance abatement lawsuits, were more initiative based, so they also will no longer be included. To replace them, we have added new metrics that are more timely and relevant to the work our city is doing today, such as our project to remove 3,000 dead trees and to rehab and reoccupy formerly vacant houses in our neighborhoods.
Mayor launches new program that helps inmates transition from incarceration to well-paying jobs upon release
Mayor Mike Duggan has announced the launch of a new job training program created specifically to transition inmates currently held in local corrections facilities into well-paying careers when they are released. Statistics show that unemployment among returning citizens is 76% in Wayne County.
The new programs, announced during the Mayor’s visit to the Detroit Reentry Center on Ryan Road in Detroit, provides in-facility training in environmental employment, culinary arts, and hi-lo operation. The training programs have been selected because they are on career paths where there is steady or growing demand for workers.
DESC One-Stop Service Centers have been in place at the DRC since late 2015 and since early this year at the Macomb Correctional Facility (MRF). Both One-Stops are modeled on DESC’s community One-Stops and offer many of the same services including education, vocational training, interview skills and resume development, and career advisement.
To learn more, visit City of Detroit News.
Federal Government Releases $42 Million for Detroit’s Blight Removal Program
The City of Detroit announced this week the release of $42 million in Federal funds for Detroit’s blight removal program, the first installment of a new $130 million blight allocation for the city. This latest round of funding was part of the Omnibus spending bill passed by Congress in December of 2015.
Over the past three years, more than $128 million in Hardest Hit Funds (HHF) from the 2010 U.S Treasury allocation have been awarded to Detroit for the blight removal program. The funding from the 2010 allocation is winding down, with only about 100 structures awaiting demolition and approximately 1,867 in the reimbursement process.
The City has completed 10,666 demolitions throughout Detroit as of October 14th. Of those completed demolitions, just under 8,000 (7,953) were paid for through the Federal HHF program and approx. 6226 have received MSHDA reimbursement.
A review conducted by MSHDA found a number of internal controls that needed improvement at the Detroit Land Bank in managing demolition contracts. In August, U.S. Treasury directed MSHDA to suspend HHF blight activity in Detroit pending Treasury’s review. For the last two months, MSHDA and the Land Bank have worked cooperatively to develop a far more comprehensive set of procedures and controls for assessing bids and processing payments to contractors that will ensure full compliance with federal guidelines on the use of Federal Hardest Hit Funds.
To read more, visit City of Detroit News.
JPMorgan Chase Commits $5 Million to Detroit’s New $30 Million Strategic Neighborhood Fund
Detroit, October 19, 2016 –JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a $5 million investment toward the establishment of a $30 million Strategic Neighborhood Fund to drive inclusive economic growth in Detroit’s neighborhoods. The fund will support the Detroit Strategic Neighborhood Initiative, which is a priority for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and is a collaborative partnership between Invest Detroit, the Detroit Development Fund and Opportunity Resource Fund. This initiative is dedicating critical resources towards commercial and residential real estate, jobs, and community infrastructure in several Detroit neighborhoods over the next decade.
“This announcement from JPMorgan Chase is another example of its deep commitment to Detroit and revitalizing its neighborhoods,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Thanks to this funding, we are going to start seeing new small businesses open, existing businesses expand and new residential developments take place in several key areas of the city. This fits in perfectly with our strategy to revitalize our neighborhoods.”
As part of JPMorgan Chase’s $125 million, five-year PRO Neighborhoods initiative in cities around the country, the firm’s $5 million grant will support this new collaborative and the revitalization of Detroit’s neighborhoods. PRO Neighborhoods helps create more widely shared prosperity by providing the necessary capital to local community development organizations to address the drivers of economic opportunity in neighborhoods. Overall, the Strategic Neighborhood Fund intends to raise a total of $30 million, and will initially target three neighborhoods over the next five years: West Village, Southwest Detroit and Livernois-McNichols.
What’s Coming Up?
Volunteer for Angels’ Night
Last year, the City of Detroit experienced the most successful Angels’ Night effort in history. This year, Mayor Mike Duggan wants to build on that effort and today urged residents to continue their vigilance by volunteering for the next campaign, which runs from October 29 – 31.
Register online at www.angelsnight.org or call 313-224-4415
Community Open Space Design Workshop
How could we design a low-maintenance landscape at the old Marsh Elementary site that is a beautiful community space?
How can we capture stormwater at the park to help reduce flooding after heavy rains?
We want to hear YOUR ideas!
Location: Don Bosco Hall, 19321 West Chicago
When: Tuesday, October 25, 6:00-7:30pm
Questions? Contact 313-285-2238
Upcoming Road Closures:
For a full list of upcoming road closures, visit City of Detroit Road Closures.