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Mayor's Update to Residents - October 14, 2022

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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Would you like to receive timely emergency notifications like storm warnings or public safety advisories? Then sign up for Detroit Alerts 365, which sends Detroit-specific emergency notifications through the CodeRED emergency notification system. This free system enables individuals to choose how they would like to receive alerts -- via telephone, text message, and/or email.

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
  • Boil water advisories

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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