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Mayor's Update to Residents - November 4, 2022

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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