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  • Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Focus: HOPE accepting new applications for seniors in need to receive FREE monthly food assistance

    Program seeks 2,600 new seniors to add to its food program

    DETROIT, MI - November 22, 2022—To help reduce the nearly 43 percent of people who are food insecure in southeast Michigan, Focus: HOPE is increasing its effort to expand the monthly food program for seniors.

    “With rising food prices and high energy costs for the winter ahead, more seniors may need food assistance – and we can help meet that need,” said Focus: HOPE CEO Portia Roberson. “Each month, seniors in Detroit, plus 159 communities, can receive a box of groceries to stock their pantries with shelf staples.” 

    In partnership with federal and state agencies, and together with more than 250 community partners, Focus: HOPE distributes food boxes to more than 42,000 older adults each month.

    While Focus: HOPE is based in Detroit, the agency serves all communities in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. That means residents in Detroit and Highland Park, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, the Grosse Pointes, Downriver, Taylor and beyond can receive access to food options from Focus: HOPE.

    Unlike many food programs that provide one-time meals; this program focuses on supplementing senior pantries with items like milk, cereal and canned goods that can be used throughout the entire month. “Since our involvement with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in 1971, we’ve worked diligently to expand the pilot senior program into a permanent nationwide effort with lasting impact. We are grateful to the USDA and are committed to continuing our legacy to serve our community,” she said.

    Contents of the monthly box include: 

    • Cheese
    • Milk (e.g. condensed and/or dry)
    • Pasta/grain (e.g., spaghetti; rice)
    • Cereal or oatmeal
    • Protein
    • Meat (e.g., canned beef; canned chicken)
    • Vegetables and soup (e.g., green beans; vegetable soup)
    • Fruits (e.g., fruit cocktail; apricots) 
    • Juice (e.g., grape; apple; orange)

     

    Apply to Receive Free Food

    Seniors age 60 and older living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb or Washtenaw counties can apply for the monthly Food for Seniors Program by calling 313-494-4600, emailing food@focushope.edu or filling out this form: https://bit.ly/3D8YFzl

    Volunteer Needed

    Volunteers are needed to pack and help distribute meals to our seniors as a part of our Food for Seniors program in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties. If you or your company is interested in volunteering to this heart-warming cause contact 313-494-4270 or volunteer@focushope.edu.

    To learn more about Focus: HOPE Food for Seniors Program, visit https://www.focushope.edu/programs/food-for-seniors/

    About Focus: HOPE

    Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization founded in 1968 after the Detroit civil disturbance. Over the past half-century, Focus: HOPE has developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty1 injustice in the core areas of early learning, youth development, workforce training, food justice, and advocacy. As a result, thousands of individuals have achieved financial independence. For more information, visit www.focushope.edu.

  • Sunday, November 20, 2022 4:58 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    City selects United Community Housing Coalition to manage Eviction Defense services to renters

    The City of Detroit plans to enter into a contract with a deeply trusted community-based housing rights organization to manage intake and referrals for legal defense for Detroiters facing eviction, Mayor Mike Duggan announced this week.  After a competitive application process, the City has selected the United Community Housing Coalition to manage the provision of eviction defense services to qualified Detroit residents.

    United Community Housing Coalition is a nonprofit organization providing housing assistance to Detroit’s low-income residents. Since 1973, UCHC has worked to keep people in their homes and secure affordable housing for those in need. Contracting with UCHC for this service is the first major step the City is taking to establish the Office of Eviction Defense as required under the Right to Counsel ordinance, spearheaded by Council President Mary Sheffield and approved by City Council in May.

    In the next two weeks, Mayor Duggan will announce the hiring of an executive director and project manager to lead the operations of the Office of Eviction Defense.

    Once fully operational, the Office of Eviction Defense will provide legal counsel and representation to anyone earning up to twice the federal poverty level. The new office will be funded for the next three years with $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Separately, the Gilbert Family Foundation has pledged $12 million over the next three years to provide eviction legal defense for 6,000 low-income Detroit families with children.

    Read the full story online at Eviction Defense services to renters (detroitmi.gov).

    Campus Martius road closings for Tree Lighting ceremony

    Please plan accordingly for this year's Detroit Tree Lighting road closures. Several streets surrounding Campus Martius are closed, but will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6 a.m. Closures include:

    • Woodward Ave. at Gratiot and Larned
    • Michigan Ave. between Griswold
    • Fort St. between Woodward Ave. and Griswold
    • Monroe between Woodward Ave. and Farmer St.
    • Cadillac Square between Woodward Ave. and Bates St.

    More information is available at Downtown Detroit Partnership: http://ow.ly/QaFn50LGsi0.

    Residents urged to get COVID and flu vaccines


    Help protect your family and friends and give them added peace of mind this holiday by getting up-to-date on your vaccines. It can reduce the length and severity of symptoms so everyone can have a stress-free, healthy and happy holiday.

    Schedule your vaccine: https://pegsecure.qrd.by/detroitvaccinationselfscheduling or text “vaccine” to (313) 329-7272.

    Councilman Scott Benson partners with Alkebu-lan Village and Downtown Detroit Partnership to build world’s largest Kwanzaa Kinara in Campus Martius 

    Rendering of the Motor City Kwanzaa Kinara, currently under construction at Campus Martius, will be officially introduced on Dec. 26.

    Construction on the Motor City Kwanzaa Kinara began this week with support from the City of Detroit Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity (CRIO) Department, Detroit Downtown Partnership, and Councilman Scott Benson.

    The completed Kwanzaa Kinara will be officially introduced to the public, along with the first light being lit, in a small ceremony on Dec. 26.

    Nearly one year ago, Councilman Benson reached out to leaders to discuss what it would take to build a structure to honor the seven-day Kwanzaa celebration in Detroit. After meeting and planning, construction of the Motor City Kwanzaa Kinara is underway and, once completed, will be the world’s tallest Kinara of its kind – reaching 30 feet in height.

    Kwanzaa is a celebration held from December 26 through January 1 to honor Black culture and heritage. Maulana Karenga established the holiday in 1966 and hoped to reconnect family, history, community and heritage through seven principles, which include unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. A feast is shared on the final day of Kwanzaa, and gifts are exchanged at this time.

    Read the full story online at Kwanzaa Kinara in Campus Martius (detroitmi.gov).

    Hamtramck prepares for Joe Louis Greenway, unveils new mural honoring famous boxer


    The new alley mural of famous boxer Joe Louis, titled "Way Maker" by City Walls artist Habacuc Samuel Bessiake, center, was revealed this week along the newest section of the Joe Louis Greenway.

    Local community leaders took part in revealing a new mural this week along the Joe Louis Greenway that honors the famous Detroit boxer.

    The Joe Louis Greenway is a transformational project that will connect Detroit to four other cities including Hamtramck. The City of Hamtramck has already begun preparing for their portion of the greenway connection that will provide regional connectivity and non-motorized safe modes of transit.

    Hamtramck’s reimagined alley now features a new mural of Joe Louis, the fighter, and social justice champion that the greenway is named for. The mural entitled, Way Maker, was created by City Walls artist Habacuc Samuel Bessiake and features Joe Louis smiling with a sweeping view of the greenway visioned in the wind of one of his famous knockout punches as The Brown Bomber.

    The connection through Hamtramck will be a protected, two-way bike lane on the west side of Joseph Campau from Carpenter to Hamtramck Dr. A portion of the connection is the Joseph Campau business corridor between Caniff Ave. and Holbrook Ave. The connection will go through the alley behind the businesses on the west side of the street, activating the alley as a shared use space for pedestrians and slow bicyclists.

    Read the full story online at Joe Louis Greenway mural unveiling (detroitmi.gov).

    Keep Detroit clean by recycling

    America Recycles Day was this week, and Detroit residents can continue to do their part to keep our city beautiful.

    Residents can request a recycling bin here: detroitrecycles.org

    Report blight in your neighborhood using the Improve Detroit App: https://detroitmi.gov/ImproveDetroit

    Motor City Match winner aims to revive the lost art of quilting


    Business owner Kecia Escoe hopes to bring back the lost art of quilting at her new business, Umi's Comfort, where she hand makes custom quilts.

    A Detroit business owner hopes to revive the lost art of quilting by opening the city’s only quilting business. Umi's Comfort, located in the Nardin Park neighborhood, offers handmade custom quilts, pillows and quilting classes for community members. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $50,000 Motor City Match grant awardee, marking the 141st brick-and-mortar business opened by the program.

    After experiencing turmoil and hardship, Kecia Escoe, the founder of Umi's Comfort, found peace in the arts. But it wasn't until she began quilting that she felt fulfilled. She soon realized others within her community could also benefit from the craft. That's when she decided to turn her passion into a career and add vibrancy to her westside community.

    Unlike most Motor City Match businesses that are located along major commercial corridors, Umi’s Comfort is located along a residential street at 12200 Petoskey at the corner of Richton, near Livernois and Davison, making it truly a neighborhood business. The grant funding she received from the program helped Escoe renovate the small building and open her business.

    After 20 rounds, Motor City Match has distributed $10.1 million in grants for start-ups and new businesses located throughout the city of Detroit. Through the pipeline of resources provided by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s small business teams, more than 1,600 businesses have received assistance along their journey to open their doors. 

    Read the full story online at Motor City Match art of quilting (detroitmi.gov).

    Detroiters urged to take preventive measures against spread of respiratory virus and influenza

    The Detroit Health Department is urging all Detroiters to take precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses, which are spreading rapidly due to a nationwide outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza. The result is an increase in demand for pediatric acute care hospital beds.

    The Detroit Health Department also encourages residents to getting vaccinated as soon as possible for flu (ages 6 months+), COVID-19 and get the new bivalent booster to protect against more contagious Omicron variants if due (ages 5+ two months following completion of initial series). There is no vaccine to protect against RSV.

    The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is offering the following advice to help stop the spread of respiratory illness, including RSV:     

    • If you are sick, stay home
    • Practice frequent and proper hand washing
    • Monitor symptoms and seek medical care if symptoms worsen
    • Consider having children wear a mask in public places, including school especially if local rates of respiratory illnesses are high

    The Detroit Health Department offers free immunizations at the following locations:

    Weekday Walk-in Locations
    DHD Immunization Clinic, 100 Mack Avenue                            
    Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner Ave. 
    Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Northwest Activities Center (*COVID-19 only), 18100 Meyers                         
    Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


    COVID-19 Testing
    Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers                         
    Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Walk-ins are welcome at all locations, but vaccination appointments may be scheduled using the self-scheduling option on our website: detroitmi.gov/health or text “vaccine” to (313) 329-7272. Bring vaccination card to appointment.

    For more information, go online to Preventive Measures Against the Spread of RSV (detroitmi.gov).

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  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 6:14 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

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  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:07 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Join Via Zoom 

    https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/88093600136

    Meeting ID: 88093600136

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  • Saturday, November 12, 2022 11:42 AM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Mayor Duggan, officials celebrate opening of second AT&T Connected Learning Center

    Mayor Mike Duggan joined officials from AT&T this week for the opening of a second Connected Learning Center (CLC) in Detroit at the Service, Employment, Redevelopment (SER) Metro Detroit job training facility on Michigan Ave.

    The center aims to provide free access to a range of digital resources, including high-speed fiber internet and Wi-Fi, Dell Technologies computers, a free digital learning platform created by AT&T, and digital literacy resources available through AT&T ScreenReady.

    AT&T announced plans to reach 50 centers nationwide through the AT&T Connected Learning initiative, including at Boys & Girls Clubs. This initiative is part of a companywide $2-billion commitment made last year to help address the digital divide and aims to provide communities with the connectivity, computers, and digital skills needed for success in school and life.

    City of Detroit to observe Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11

    The City of Detroit will observe Veterans Day on Friday, November 11 with most operations suspended for the day.

    However, a number of City operations will continue during the holiday:

    • Normal Police, Fire, and Water and Sewerage services will be provided.

    • The Department of Public Works (DPW) will collect refuse, bulk, yard waste and recycling as normally scheduled. For additional information regarding DPW, visit Department of Public Works.

    • The Department of Transportation (DDOT) will operate bus service as normally scheduled. Riders can visit the department webpage at Department Of Transportation for bus schedules.

    • The Detroit People Mover will be open Veterans Day from 7 a.m. until midnight. The Detroit Transportation Corporation administrative offices also will be closed on Nov. 11.

    • The Ford Underground Garage and Eastern Market Garage will be open from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.  Meter parking is free on Nov. 11, and the Municipal Parking Department will resume normal operations Nov. 12.

    Many City services, such as tax and fee payments, permit applications and obtaining DDOT passes, are available at your convenience online at Pay fine, bill or tax (detroitmi.gov)

    Residents wishing to make a request for service, such as removal of illegal dumping, reporting a non-working streetlight, abandoned vehicle or other issues, are encouraged to use the Improve Detroit app.

    Landlords are invited to the Landlord Compliance Fair, sponsored by the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department, on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center at 18100 Meyers Road.

    Register today at Landlord Resource Fair (smartsheet.com)


    For more information on City of Detroit jobs, go online to City of Detroit jobs (detroitmi.gov). If you have any Career Expo questions, email them to codrecruitment@detroitmi.gov.

    Detroiters urged to take preventive measures against the spread of Respiratory virus and influenza

    • Detroiters urged to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 in order to limit spread of all respiratory illness, including RSV for which there is no vaccine

    • Stay home if sick to prevent spread and seek treatment if symptoms worsen

    • Take extra precautions to prevent RSV infection among those most vulnerable to severe illness from RSV:  babies, people ages 65+ and those who are immunocompromised

    The Detroit Health Department is urging all Detroiters to take precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses, which are spreading rapidly due to a nationwide outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza. The result is an increase in demand for pediatric acute care hospital beds.

    The Detroit Health Department also encourages residents to getting vaccinated as soon as possible for flu (ages 6 months+), COVID-19 and get the new bivalent booster to protect against more contagious Omicron variants if due (ages 5+ two months following completion of initial series). There is no vaccine to protect against RSV.

    The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is offering the following advice to help stop the spread of respiratory illness, including RSV:     

    • If you are sick, stay home
    • Practice frequent and proper hand washing
    • Monitor symptoms and seek medical care if symptoms worsen
    • Consider having children wear a mask in public places, including school especially if local rates of respiratory illnesses are high

    The Detroit Health Department offers free immunizations at the following locations:

    Weekday Walk-in Locations
    DHD Immunization Clinic, 100 Mack Avenue                            
    Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner Ave. 
    Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Northwest Activities Center (*COVID19 only), 18100 Meyers                         
    Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    COVID-19 TestingNorthwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers                         
    Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Walk-ins are welcome at all locations, but vaccination appointments may be scheduled using the self-scheduling option on our website: detroitmi.gov/health or text “vaccine” to (313) 329-7272. Bring vaccination card to appointment.

    For more information, go online to Preventive Measures Against the Spread of RSV (detroitmi.gov).

    City of Detroit unemployment rate matches 20-year low, more than 10,000 jobs available

    Mayor Mike Duggan and City officials announced recently the Detroit unemployment rate had fallen to 7 percent. According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics September 2022 Employment Data Report, unemployment is down from 7.9 percent in August 2022, and from 12.5 percent this time last year. This matches the lowest rate Detroit has seen since September 2000 and is attributed to continued development and investment in the city and its workforce.

    At the height of the COVID pandemic in May 2020, Detroit’s unemployment rate spiked to more than 38 percent. In an August 2021 study, University of Michigan’s Economic Forecast report predicted the city’s unemployment would drop to 6.9 percent by 2026.

    Detroit at Work, the City of Detroit’s workforce development ecosystem, works to create career opportunities for Detroiters at all levels of education, experience, and skills, and to give employers access to a highly-qualified talent pipeline. Since January 2022, Detroit at Work has held 61 job fairs, with more than 10,700 people in attendance. Detroiters are being hired every day for jobs and careers in growth industries, such as manufacturing, IT and healthcare. Connect with Detroit at Work at detroitatwork.com.

    Read the full story online at City of Detroit unemployment rate matches 20-year low (detroitmi.gov).

    Bivalent Boosters Now Available for Children Ages 5+

    • Pfizer bivalent booster authorized and available for ages 5+

    • Moderna bivalent booster authorized for ages 6+

    • Available at all 3 Health Department Immunization clinics

    The City of Detroit is now providing Bivalent COVID-19 boosters to children as young as five years of age, following Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Bivalent boosters may be given at least two months following completion of primary vaccination series in adults and children ages 5+.

    Children as young as five can be given the Pfizer Bivalent booster. The Moderna Bivalent booster has been authorized for children ages six and above.

    The Bivalent booster may be co-administered with influenza vaccines. Current locations and hours are:

    Detroit Health Department                100 Mack Avenue                   M-F      8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Northwest Activities Center               18100 Meyers                         M-F      10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Samaritan Center                                5555 Conner                         M-F      9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are highly recommended. Appointments may be self-scheduled on our website:  www.detroitmi.gov/health or text “vaccine” to (313) 329-7272.

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  • Saturday, November 12, 2022 11:40 AM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

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  • Saturday, November 12, 2022 11:37 AM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

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  • Sunday, November 06, 2022 3:37 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Mayor Duggan, Councilmembers, community celebrate 34 winners of City's first Neighborhood Beautification  grants

    • Each year, block clubs, neighborhood associations and nonprofits helping rebuild and clean their communities can apply for grants, ranging from $500 to $15,000.

    Mayor Mike Duggan, Council President Mary Sheffield and Councilmember Scott Benson joined community groups to celebrate the 34 recipients receiving the City’s Neighborhood Beautification Program (NBP) grants. The new program gives Detroit groups from $500 to $15,000 to help improve and beautify their blocks. This year, almost $500,000 will be awarded to winners all over the city, including every Council district.

    The NBP grants provide funding for Detroit-based neighborhood associations, block clubs, faith-based organizations and nonprofits that currently own the property where they want to carry out a project. The program was created to support three types of projects: clean-up activities, community gardens, and public spaces and activities.

    The funds can be used to fuel creative ideas, spark neighborhood revitalization, or strengthen connections between neighborhood-based groups. The City of Detroit will provide resources to allow the eligible organizations and residents to become actively engaged in the health and well-being of their community and to encourage residents to get involved in making their neighborhood better.

    For those hoping to beautify their community but do not own the land, the Neighborhood Beautification Program will assist organizations with purchasing or leasing vacant lots owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority. Up to 50 projects a year will receive funding.

    The next application round opens early next year, and organizations will be able to apply then at  waynemetro.org/neighborhood-beautification-grant. For more information, residents can e-mail Wayne Metro at NBG@waynemetro.org or call (313) 388-9799. 

    Read the story at Neighborhood Beautification Program grants (detroitmi.gov).

    Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, Nov. 6, so remember to move clocks back one hour.

    Smart devices do this automatically, but don't forget to change the clocks around the house, including those on the microwave or stove.

    It's also a great time for Detroit residents to check and change the batteries in all home smoke detectors to help protect their homes and families.


    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 is Election Day. Make sure your voice is heard by remembering to vote!

    Visit detroitmi.gov/departments/elections for additional voting information.

    City of Detroit unemployment rate matches 20-year low, more than 10,000 jobs available 

    Mayor Mike Duggan and City officials announced this week the Detroit unemployment rate has fallen to 7 percent. According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics September 2022 Employment Data Report, unemployment is down from 7.9 percent in August 2022, and from 12.5 percent this time last year. This matches the lowest rate Detroit has seen since September 2000 and is attributed to continued development and investment in the city and its workforce.

    At the height of the COVID pandemic in May 2020, Detroit’s unemployment rate spiked to more than 38 percent. In an August 2021 study, University of Michigan’s Economic Forecast report predicted the city’s unemployment would drop to 6.9 percent by 2026.

    Detroit at Work, the City of Detroit’s workforce development ecosystem, works to create career opportunities for Detroiters at all levels of education, experience, and skills, and to give employers access to a highly-qualified talent pipeline. Since January 2022, Detroit at Work has held 61 job fairs, with more than 10,700 people in attendance. Detroiters are being hired every day for jobs and careers in growth industries, such as manufacturing, IT and healthcare. Connect with Detroit at Work at detroitatwork.com.

    Read the full story online at City of Detroit unemployment rate matches 20-year low (detroitmi.gov).

    As construction continues on the new State Fair Transit Center in the area of Woodward Avenue and Eight Mile Road, the current transit hub will be moved approximately 500 feet north on Woodward Avenue to an existing parking lot. The location change takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7.

    Bus shelters and directional signage will be added to the area for passenger layovers and for ease of navigation. DDOT routes impacted by the construction are Woodward, Conant, Eight Mile, Livernois, and Wyoming.

    The location change will not affect service. Riders transferring buses will still be able to complete their transfers as normal. Riders who walk or take other transportation will use the new location, which is about a two-minute walk north on Woodward.

    Stay up-to-date at https://detroitmi.gov/ddotstatefair.


    Landlord Compliance Fair on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center at 18100 Meyers Road.

    Register today at Landlord Resource Fair (smartsheet.com)

    Mayor Duggan, family of Joe Louis and members of Congress celebrate completion of first stretch of transformational Joe Louis Greenway

    • Ribbon cutting for the first completed stretch of 27.5-mile Joe Louis Greenway
    • Greenway plans made in partnership with surrounding neighborhoods
    • Community-led framework plan receives national award from American Planning Association

    Mayor Mike Duggan and members of the community helped last week to christen the completion of the first one-mile segment of the Joe Louis Greenway from Joy Road to Warren Ave. Joining the Mayor was Council President Mary Sheffield, Councilmember Fred Durhal III, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Wayne County Commissioner Alisha Bell, along with Joyce Barrow Henderson, daughter of Joe Louis. The event was also a community celebration with hundreds of residents in attendance.

    The Joe Louis Greenway is a 27.5-mile path that will connect Detroiters in 23 neighborhoods to existing trails like the Dequindre Cut, the Detroit Riverfront and four other cities. The Greenway is a transformational project that will provide equitable access to recreational opportunities for residents. It will also serve as a regional connector to other cities including Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn.

    In addition, the greenway is playing a huge role in the City’s efforts to turn blight into beauty. Beyond converting an abandoned rail line into a recreational trail, crews building the greenway have already removed hundreds of illegally dumped tires, hundreds of tons of concrete and steel, and more than 500 tandem trucks’ worth of other trash.

    Read the full story at Leaders celebrate transformational Joe Louis Greenway (detroitmi.gov).

    Detroit families celebrate at Halloween in the D events across the city


    Detroit families were able to celebrate the spooky season during the City's annual Halloween in the D activities. The program included 27 locations across the city, where children could take part in trunk-or-treat events and get lots of candy, or attend a Halloween party.

    The locations included all Detroit police precincts, seven Detroit fire houses and nine local recreation centers. 

    The Halloween in the D activities would not have been possible without the efforts of employees from  the Department of Neighborhoods, Detroit Police and Fire departments and the General Services Department Parks and Recreation Division, other City departments, sponsors and community volunteers throughout Detroit.

    Detroiters urged to take preventive measures against the spread of Respiratory virus and influenza

    • Detroiters urged to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 in order to limit spread of all respiratory illness, including RSV for which there is no vaccine

    • Stay home if sick to prevent spread and seek treatment if symptoms worsen

    • Take extra precautions to prevent RSV infection among those most vulnerable to severe illness from RSV:  babies, people ages 65+ and those who are immunocompromised

    The Detroit Health Department is urging all Detroiters to take precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses, which are spreading rapidly due to a nationwide outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza. The result is an increase in demand for pediatric acute care hospital beds.

    The Detroit Health Department also encourages residents to getting vaccinated as soon as possible for flu (ages 6 months+), COVID-19 and get the new bivalent booster to protect against more contagious Omicron variants if due (ages 5+ two months following completion of initial series). There is no vaccine to protect against RSV.

    The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is offering the following advice to help stop the spread of respiratory illness, including RSV:     

    • If you are sick, stay home
    • Practice frequent and proper hand washing
    • Monitor symptoms and seek medical care if symptoms worsen
    • Consider having children wear a mask in public places, including school especially if local rates of respiratory illnesses are high

    The Detroit Health Department offers free immunizations at the following locations:

    Weekday Walk-in Locations (M-F):

    DHD Immunization Clinic, 100 Mack Avenue                            
    Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner Ave. 
    Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    NW Activities Center (*COVID19 only), 18100 Meyers                         
    Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    COVID-19 Testing:

    NW Activities Center, 18100 Meyers                         
    Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Walk-ins are welcome at all locations, but vaccination appointments may be scheduled using the self-scheduling option on our website: detroitmi.gov/health or text “vaccine” to (313) 329-7272. Bring vaccination card to appointment.

    For more information, go online to Preventive Measures Against the Spread of RSV (detroitmi.gov).

    Mayor Duggan cuts ribbon on The Convent Detroit, a new SNF-funded arts and wellness center in Campau/Banglatown

    • Conversion of former church convent made possible by loans from Invest Detroit and a grant from the Strategic Neighborhood Fund.

    • The Convent will be home to a wide variety of health and wellness businesses.

    Mayor Mike Duggan and Councilmember Scott Benson joined Invest Detroit, developers and the community today to officially open The Convent Detroit, a unique hub for health and wellness businesses in Detroit’s Campau/Banglatown neighborhood whose conversion was funded in part through the Strategic Neighborhood Fund (SNF).

    The Convent, at 13301 Mound Road, is the latest project from Paddy Lynch, the proprietor of The Schvitz Detroit. The redevelopment of the former Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth convent contains 20 private rooms across four floors.

    Despite just opening, the Convent is already near full capacity. The list of tenants already includes three massage therapists, two estheticians, two reiki healers, a lymphatic specialist, a sound therapist, four painters, a photographer, a sculptor, a ceramicist, two arts nonprofits, and a group of women that will operate the Convent’s in-house Airbnb. The building’s former chapel will host special events, dinners, art openings, recitals and other community-based activities.

    On Saturday, Nov. 5, The Convent Detroit will open its doors to the community for a grand opening that is free and open to the public. The opening will feature work by local artists, a live jazz trio, and a complimentary bar courtesy of Schvitz Detroit. The private art and wellness studios will be open for tours 5-7 p.m.

    Read the full story online at Convent Detroit, a new SNF-funded arts and wellness center (detroitmi.gov).

    Bivalent Boosters Now Available for Children Ages 5+

    • Pfizer bivalent booster authorized and available for ages 5+

    • Moderna bivalent booster authorized for ages 6+

    • Available at all 3 Health Department Immunization clinics

    The City of Detroit is now providing Bivalent COVID-19 boosters to children as young as five years of age, following Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Bivalent boosters may be given at least two months following completion of primary vaccination series in adults and children ages 5+.

    Children as young as five can be given the Pfizer Bivalent booster. The Moderna Bivalent booster has been authorized for children ages six and above.

    The Bivalent booster may be co-administered with influenza vaccines. Current locations and hours are:

    Detroit Health Department 100 Mack Avenue M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Northwest Activities Center 18100 Meyers M-F 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Samaritan Center 5555 Conner M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are highly recommended. Appointments may be self-scheduled on our website: www.detroitmi.gov/health or text “vaccine” to (313) 329-7272.

    City seeks community partners to help long-term unemployed re-enter work force; offers performance-based cash incentives

    The City of Detroit is looking to partner with community groups and activist organizations on a program unlike any other in the U.S. that will help long-term unemployed residents get re-engaged in the job market. Participating groups would conduct outreach to identify these residents and connect them to opportunities for education, workforce training and supportive services that can help guide them to and prepare them for new employment.

    These groups may submit applications to work with the City as In Detroit Organizations (IDOs). To become an IDO, organizations must submit applications, which can be found at detroitmi.gov/supplier. In the coming days, the City will announce a series of informational sessions where interested organizations will be able to ask questions and get assistance navigating the application process. Organizations that are not yet in the system as City suppliers must complete the supplier registration steps as soon as possible.

    The application window will close November 7, 2022, at which point the City will begin the process of selecting IDOs.

    Applications will only be accepted from those firms demonstrating a minimum of two years of experience providing the services requested in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for projects of similar scope and size.

    Read the full story online at Long-term unemployed reenter workforce (detroitmi.gov).

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  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 8:24 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    City seeks community partners to help long-term unemployed re-enter work force; offers performance-based cash incentives

    • City prepares to launch one-of-a-kind approach to re-engage unemployed residents

    • Community organizations with a history of helping long-term unemployed can submit applications for the first phase until November 7 for services including training, mentorship & more

    • Selected partner organizations will be eligible for up to $2,200 per participant for each program track in milestone-based performance incentives

    The City of Detroit is looking to partner with community groups and activist organizations on a program unlike any other in the U.S. that will help long-term unemployed residents get re-engaged in the job market. Participating groups would conduct outreach to identify these residents and connect them to opportunities for education, workforce training and supportive services that can help guide them to and prepare them for new employment.

    These groups may submit applications to work with the City as In Detroit Organizations (IDOs). To become an IDO, organizations must submit applications, which can be found at detroitmi.gov/supplier.  In the coming days, the City will announce a series of informational sessions where interested organizations will be able to ask questions and get assistance navigating the application process. Organizations that are not yet in the system as City suppliers must complete the supplier registration steps as soon as possible. 

    The application window will close November 7, at which point the City will begin the process of selecting IDOs. 

    Applications will only be accepted from those firms demonstrating a minimum of 2 years of experience providing the services requested in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for projects of similar scope and size.

    The program will be funded through American Rescue Plan Act dollars made possible by the Biden Administration and is expected to open for public enrollment early next year. 

    Read the full story online at Long-term unemployed reenter workforce (detroitmi.gov). 

    Mayor Duggan, Rocket Community Fund, United Community Housing Coalition celebrate Make It Home program helping nearly 250 more Detroit residents become homeowners

    • Detroiters whose landlords failed to pay property taxes will not only get to stay in their home, now they will get to own it.

    • Program has helped nearly 1,400 families since its launch in 2017.

    • Rocket Community Fund will further expand repair program to provide grants and zero percent interest loans to participants through an additional $1.5 million investment. 

    The Rocket Community Fund, Mayor Mike Duggan and the United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) announced this week that 239 Detroit families will become homeowners through the Make It Home program this year.  That brings the program’s total to 1,396 families that have avoided tax foreclosure-related displacement since the program’s launch in 2017.

    Make It Home assists eligible Detroiters that occupy tax-foreclosed houses to become homeowners instead of risking eviction. 

    Through the program, the City exercises its right of refusal to purchase tax-foreclosed properties before they are sold at auction, and transfers them to UCHC, which purchases them with funding provided by the Rocket Community Fund.

    UCHC then sells them to the residents through a zero-percent interest land contract with a payment plan. UCHC works with each resident over the course of about a year, with residents paying an average of less than $10,000 to become a homeowner through this program.

    When the resident finishes paying off the sale price, they receive the deed to their home, free and clear. Throughout the program, residents also have access to home repair grants and loans, as well as financial counseling.

    Read the full story online at Make It Home program helping Detroit residents (detroitmi.gov) 

    Birwood Wall Historic Marker unveiling at Alfonso Wells Memorial Park 

    Mayor Mike Duggan joined local leaders and residents this week in unveiling the new historic marker of the Birwood Wall at Alfonso Wells Memorial Park. The Wall is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

    In 1941, a white real estate developer built a six-foot high wall extending from Eight Mile to Pembroke to separate his planned housing development from the already existing African American neighborhood. Back then, the FHA and banks refused to back home loans near African American communities. The wall was a symbol of racism and discrimination. 

    Mayor Duggan, Sen. Stabenow launch effort with DTE and other partners to plant 75,000 trees, create 300 jobs and secure $30 million in investment in Detroit neighborhoods 

    From left, DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Jerry Norcia, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, American Forests President and CEO Jad Daley, Mayor Mike Duggan and Dr. Homer Wilkes, Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plant one of the first of 75,000 trees under the initiative in District 7's Barton-McFarland neighborhood. 

    Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined American Forests, DTE Energy, Detroit Future City and The Greening of Detroit to launch a joint initiative this week that will plant more than 75,000 trees, employ over 300 Detroit residents in tree care and maintenance jobs, and invest $30 million in Detroit neighborhoods during the five-year pilot phase of the project.

    The partnership was launched at a tree-planting event near the St. John Lutheran Church on Oakman Boulevard in the Barton-McFarland neighborhood. 

    The City of Detroit was one of the first cities to make a commitment to American Forests’ 1t.org US Chapter initiative, aimed at helping restore, conserve and protect 1 trillion trees globally by 2050. The Detroit Tree Equity Partnership will enhance neighborhoods across Detroit by creating new tree care industry jobs and business opportunities for local residents and by improving neighborhood quality of life through the planting and long-term maintenance of diverse trees species.

    Read the full story at DTE and partners to plant 75,000 trees (detroitmi.gov) 

    Mayor outlines future for City Airport following FAA approval of new Layout Plan

    • City Airport now has its first approved Airport Layout Plan in 30 years, making it eligible for more than $100M in federal grants over next 10 years

    • Plans can now move forward for major capital investment including new hangars, control tower and taxiways, as well as return of Benjamin O. Davis Aerospace Technical High School

    • FAA approves decommissioning of Crosswinds Runway, which will free up 80 acres for airport-related development 

    Detroit’s Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport is poised to begin a massive transformation following FAA approval of the City’s first airport layout plan in 30 years, Mayor Mike Duggan announced this week. 

    The approval, which follows nearly three years of drafting, community engagement and FAA review, now makes City Airport eligible for an estimated $100 million in federal grants over the next 10 years. This will allow the airport to make transformational investment in the airport, including new hangars, a new control tower, improved taxiways and safety zone, new airport-related development opportunities,  the return of the Benjamin O. Davis Aerospace Technical High School to the airport grounds.

    Key highlights of the plan include:

    • Access to federal grant funding. The FAA approval unlocks more than $100 million in federal grant opportunities over the next 10 years. The City recently was awarded an initial grant of $111,000 from MDOT’s Aeronautics division for partial reimbursement of the cost of developing the airport layout plan.
    • New Aircraft Hangars. The City plans to build several new hangars at the airport that will include sufficient space for executive business aircraft, twin-engine craft, and smaller hangars for single engine planes. Hangars also will include community space for meetings and events. Construction on these new hangars will begin this year.
    • Return of Benjamin O. Davis Aerospace Technical High School. This school will return inside a renovated main airport terminal. This will bring this important technical school back to an appropriate location that will provide direct access to aviation operations and activity. Estimated opening date is 2025.
    • New Air Traffic Control Tower. This new tower will be fully funded by the FAA as part of the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Act. Site selection for the new tower will begin in early 2023, with design taking place in 2024. Construction complete is expected in early 2026.
    • Improved safety zone. The airport also will make safety improvements to the airfield, including the installation of a new Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at both ends of the runway. This FAA-approved solution has been designed to compensate for the fact that the runway does not have the available real estate for standard 1,000-foot safety areas without impact the neighboring cemeteries.

    Detroit City Airport remains home to many private and corporate jets. The airport saw an almost 40% increase in usage in 2017 with the increase in business downtown and the opening of Little Caesar’s Arena.

    Read the full story online at City Airport new Layout Plan (detroitmi.gov) 

    City of Detroit To Celebrate City Historian’s Anniversary

    with Detroit History Lecture

    • Jamon Jordan to speak at Gordon Park, site where ’67 rebellion began 

     

    The City’s first official historian, Jamon Jordan, will give a lecture at Gordon Park at the corner of Rosa Parks and Clairmount, site of where the ’67 rebellion began.

    The public and media are invited to hear Jordan, who was appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan on October 25, 2021, talk about his tenure and hundreds of history tours and lectures he has given over the past year. More importantly, he will focus his remarks not on the violence and destruction that erupted in 1967 but on everything that happened afterward as Detroit recovered and continues to thrive.

    The press event and public reception begin at 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 25. For more information, go online to City Historian First Annual Detroit History Lecture (detroitmi.gov) 

    New business Welcome Home Yoga opens on Livernois 

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, City leaders and business owners this week opened the 140th brick-and-mortar Motor City Match business in Detroit, the Welcome Home Yoga & Wellness at 6375 W. Seven Mile Road.

    Welcome Home Yoga & Wellness provides yoga and meditation classes, massage therapy, trauma recovery and wellness amenities including crystals and incense for patrons. 

    Detroiters encouraged to register and vote


    It's election season and you have options for where and when to vote.

    Get more information at https://detroitvotes.org/early/ 

    Free COVID-19 test kits available for Detroit residents 

    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is providing FREE at-home COVID-19 test kits (one kit containing 5 tests per household) to Michiganders. Order yours at: AccessCovidTests.org or stop by one of 7 Detroit libraries: Main branch on Woodward, Campbell, Edison, Jefferson, Parkman, Redford or Wilder.

    The Health Department provides free COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers.  Schedule online at www.detroitmi.gov/health 

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    Those who sign up can receive:

    • Severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service
    • Public safety advisories
    • Flooding/natural disasters updates
    • Evacuation/shelter in place notices
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    There are several benefits to enrolling in Detroit Alerts 365. During a crisis, real-time updates can provide life-saving instructions and information.

    • Notifications are on the go with individuals, who receive important alerts and non-emergency notifications, based on their address directly to your cell phone, home phone, text, or email.
    • Individuals will receive notifications targeted to residents in a specific area experiencing emergency conditions.
    • Personal data is secure in the CodeRED system.

    Detroit Alerts 365 can be sent citywide to all registered users, or notices can be targeted to specific areas that have been impacted by an emergency. In addition to registering for Detroit Alerts 365, download the CodeRED Mobile Alert App to receive emergency alerts based on your current location.

    To register go to detroitalerts365.org or text DetroitAlerts365 to 99411. 

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