The Detroit Fire Department will show residents how to keep their families safe with CPR, fire escape and extinguisher demonstrations, and provide fun activities, prizes and snacks for kids and families at the Fire Prevention Week open house Oct. 9. The event is from noon – 3 p.m. at Engine 56, 18601 Ryan on Detroit’s northeast side.
Attendees also can receive free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors sponsored by the Detroit Smoke Alarm Program. Fire Department personnel also will provide information on the variety of free services the department provides to residents and businesses to promote fire safety.
As part of its efforts to decrease fire and eliminate fire deaths, DFD is:
From left: Motor City Match Program Director Andrew Lucco; Kevin Johnson, President & CEO DEGC; City Council President Mary Sheffield; Lab Drawer owners Dr. Alecia Gabriel and Dierdre Roberson; and Mayor Mike Duggan
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City leaders helped to open the 139th brick and mortar Motor City Match business in Detroit this week. The Lab Drawer is an Ed-Tech monthly subscription box full of cross-functional learning experiences for children ages 10-14. Inspired by the look of a chemistry lab drawer, every box includes materials and instructions for a unique STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Mathematics) experiment.
The new business, which is located inside the Durfee Innovation Society in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood, is owned by Dr. Alecia Gabriel and Dierdre Roberson. Lab Drawer was awarded a $50,000 Motor City Match cash grant.
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.
Through 19 rounds of Motor City Match:
To learn more about the Lab Drawer and Motor City Match, go to the City's Website at detroitmi.gov/news
The Lab Drawer ships thousands of subscription-based STEAM kits to customers in more than ten countries each month.
City of Detroit officials joined Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), developers and the community this week to officially open The Charlotte, the first project to be completed under the Detroit Housing for the Future Fund (DHFF), a LISC-managed private investment fund aimed at increasing access to and availability of affordable housing in Detroit.
Developers Tom Anderton and Adam Noel of Charlotte Detroit LLC tapped the DHFF for a $2.55-million loan to turn the previously abandoned 1923-built, three-story apartment building into 28 quality affordable housing unit. The Charlotte renovation saw full rehabs to all units, a new roof, new windows, and a new HVAC system. Amenities include on-site laundry facilities, large common areas inside and out, and plenty of greenspace.
The $3.19-million redevelopment of The Charlotte – at 10210 Second Ave. at Glynn Court, in the Gateway Community in District 5 – includes 12 one-bedroom units, 13 two-bedroom units and three studio apartments. All 28 units are reserved as affordable housing. Nine apartments are capped at 60% area median income (AMI), and the other 19 cannot exceed 80% AMI. However, Anderton and Noel are charging rents that are closer to 55%-65%.
Since 2018, the City of Detroit has helped to preserve 6,127 units of affordable housing in neighborhoods across the city, including 5,960 that are at or below 60% AMI. There also have been 864 completed new-construction affordable housing units in that time period – 525 of which are at or below 60% AMI – with another 646 under way.
For the full release on The Charlotte project and Detroit Housing for the Future Fund, go to the City's Website at detroitmi.gov/news.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation Detroit (LISC Detroit), developer Minyon Properties and City of Detroit leaders kicked off renovations on 30 apartments in northeast Detroit this week. The project will include full makeovers and affordability extended for at least the next 14 years.
When completed next summer, Le Chateau Apartments at 19225 Mound Road, will be renamed the 7 Mound Apartments, and will feature 30 deeply affordable units, with five apartments at or below 40 percent AMI and 25 at 50 percent AMI. That means one-bedroom apartments will be as low as $671 a month. All residents will be able to stay in their units during the renovation.
The renovations were made possible by the LISC-managed investment vehicle Detroit Housing for the Future Fund (DHFF), an unprecedented effort to preserve and create affordable housing in neighborhoods across the city. Minyon Properties – a Black-owned, Detroit-based developer – also is receiving a Developers of Color Fund grant through DHFF. Le Chateau is the seventh project to tap the DHFF since the private investment fund was launched in 2020.
Minyon Properties received a loan of $1.6 million from DHFF to renovate the building. Renovations began a couple of weeks ago, and when completed all 30 one-bedroom floor plans will have updated kitchens and bathrooms, new flooring, and new HVAC systems in each unit. In addition to the interior renovations, the property will also offer an ADA-compliant parking lot and walkways for those with disabilities. The building will also get a new roof, new paint and significant masonry repairs and energy-efficiency upgrades.
To learn more about the 7 Mound Apartments, go to the City's Website at detroitmi.gov/news.
The Arts and Entertainment Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy will provide pro bono legal services to creatives, including musicians, independent filmmakers, writers, artists and photographers. The clinic, combined with existing patent and trademark clinical programs, provides students with access to a comprehensive intellectual property law practice experience.
The clinic is the only one of its kind in the state of Michigan, according to U-D officials.
In addition to the legal services, the clinic also is partnering with the City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) on special workshops and programs designed to help creatives protect their products and performances. It continues Detroit ACE’s commitment to treating members of the city’s creative workforce as small businesses. Detroit ACE offered a year of free entrepreneurship and business training last year thanks to the Kresge Foundation.
The clinic will focus on: filing copyright registrations, preparing clearance reports and fair use analyses, drafting and commenting on music agreements, writing personal services agreements, securing location agreements and image releases and advising on defamation and publicity matters. Each year, Detroit Mercy Law students provide more than 35,000 hours of pro bono legal services to residents of Detroit and the surrounding communities.
Learn more about the clinics Detroit Mercy Law offers at: https://law.udmercy.edu/academics/experiential-education/clinics.php
J.P. Morgan Chase is bringing jobs to Detroit with the opening of a virtual call center in Corktown. The company is hiring 50 Detroiters for the full-time, home-based positions. City and bank leaders and the community gathered this week for the announcement.
The Detroit Health Department is providing the Novavax two-dose COVID-19 vaccine to ages 12 and up, as well as the bivalent booster doses (Pfizer version for ages 12+ and Moderna version for ages 18+).
The COVID-19 vaccines/boosters are available at all Health Department immunization locations along with other vaccines for all age groups. Vaccinations and boosters are available at all three Detroit Health Department immunization clinic locations:
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.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Samaritan Center 5555 Conner M-F 9 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are highly recommended. Appointments may be self-scheduled at detroitmi.gov/health or text vaccine to (313) 329-7272.
Read the full story at New Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine & Bivalent Boosters (detroitmi.gov).
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Learn about and enroll in Detroit's first income-based water affordability plan by attending today's citywide Lifeline Plan Enrollment Fair at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church.
One of four Proterra electric buses DDOT brought online earlier this year.
The Detroit Department of Transportation will receive Federal Transit Administration funding to buy four battery electric buses and charging equipment, the FTA announced earlier this week.
The $6.9 million will be used to purchase two 40-foot and two articulated 60-foot buses from manufacturer New Flyer, said DDOT Executive Director of Transit Mikel Oglesby. Funds will also be used to purchase and install charging equipment for the new buses.
The purchase will double DDOT’s electric fleet from four to eight. DDOT brought into service four electric buses from manufacturer Proterra earlier this year. The FTA funding allows DDOT to test which buses are best suited for Detroit’s climate, charging conditions, and other real-world factors before a larger scale investment is made in electric technology.
The funding supports the State of Michigan's plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to an FTA statement at https://www.transit.dot.gov/1800buses. Greenhouse gases and their effect on the environment disproportionately impact the historically disadvantaged communities that DDOT serves.
The Detroit Economic Outlook for 2021-2027 released this week shows the city’s economy holding up in the face of national economic headwinds, as development projects in Detroit and pent-up demand in the auto industry prove to be major drivers in the city’s ongoing economic recovery.
The forecast report acknowledges that “most measures of real economic activity, especially in the labor market, have remained strong through the second quarter of the year.”
The forecast maintains a faster recovery for Detroit than the state of Michigan overall through 2023. Jobs at establishments within city boundaries are projected to surpass pre-COVID pandemic numbers by the end of 2023. Specifically, job growth is predicted to increase from 3 percent in 2021 to 5.4 percent this year, then cool down to 2.7 percent in 2023, but more development projects could help sustain robust growth.
Economic growth is expected to moderate to a steady state starting in 2025 as major projects like the Gordie Howe bridge and the Hudson site come online. Blue-collar jobs in manufacturing, construction, and transportation continue to be key drivers for economic growth through 2027. These job gains are the ongoing economic benefits from major city-led projects, such as the Stellantis and General Motors automotive plant expansions and Amazon’s new distribution center.
Detroit’s unemployment rate dropped to 10.6 percent in May 2022, a significant decline from a nearly 40 percent high in the early days of the COVID pandemic.
The economic outlook will be discussed at the Detroit Revenue Estimating Conference at 1 p.m. Monday, September 12 in the 13th Floor Erma L. Henderson Auditorium. The public is invited to attend in person or virtually at https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/83125587117.
For more information, read the full story at U of M Forecast Detroit’s economy (detroitmi.gov)
Mayor Mike Duggan spoke this week with student members of the AmeriCorps Detroit Youth Service Corps (DYSC) at Wayne State University. The program engages youth ages 17-24 in 10 weeks of service learning, while providing life skills training and mentoring.
Buddy is one of the many dogs looking for a home this weekend as Detroit Animal Care celebrates National Dog Day.
August 26 is National Dog Day, and Detroit Animal Care is celebrating with free adoptions. All adoption and licensing fees are waived through Sunday, August 28. All available dogs are microchipped, neutered and receive a veterinary exam, which includes heartworm testing and vaccinations to prevent dog-related diseases, such as PARVO and distemper.
Listings of pets available to adopt and foster are updated throughout the week on the Detroit Health Department’s Detroit Animal Care Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/daccadoptables.
Detroiters are welcome to visit Detroit Animal Care at 7401 Chrysler Drive. The facility is open to the public for adoptions daily from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Detroit remains in a high COVID-19 Community Level. Residents can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public regardless of vaccination status.
For residents who are immunocompromised, please consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where they can be exposed.
Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection
Have a plan for rapid testing if needed
If you get COVID, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals and monoclonal antibodies
For more information, visit Detroit Health Department (detroitmi.gov).
Join the Detroit Bike Challenge Strava Club at bit.ly/detbikechallenge.
The Detroit Health Department is inviting parents and children to its final Back-to-School August Health Blitz event. The clinic is set for August 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort.
For more information, call (313) 774-5233.
The City of Detroit is promoting a new nonpartisan program, Detroit Votes 2022, to make civic participation a core priority for the City.
Detroit Votes 2022 will provide voter registration and voting information to citizens via businesses, colleges, civic organizations and sports teams during the 2022 general election.
Detroit Votes 2022 workers began just before the August primary election, knocking on more than 15,000 doors. Between now and the November general election, they expect to reach 100,000 homes.
For more information, visit Nonpartisan Detroit Votes 2022 Program (detroitmi.gov)
The City of Detroit collects bulk items (all year) and yard waste (April - December) every other week at the curb. Here are some reminders:
Bulk items and yard waste should not be mixed. Those items should be placed in separate piles at the curb.
Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, twigs, etc.) should be placed in paper lawn bags. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.
When items exceed the bulk limit or include materials not collected at the curb (like construction debris), residents have options.
DPW Paid Pickup ServiceThe Department of Public Works will pick up items for $40 per cubic yard. Call (313) 876-0004 for details.
Use FREE Drop-Off LocationsResidents can dispose of their bulk, yard waste, and household hazardous items for free. Go here for details.
For more information on how to keep Detroit clean, visit keepdetroitclean.com.
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Learn about Detroit's first income-based water affordability plan by attending this upcoming Lifeline Plan Enrollment Fair. Hear about the plan, share your feedback, and enroll onsite. https://www.waynemetro.org/dwsdlifeline/
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