Community and economic development is a key driver behind many of the issues affecting children, youth, and families and community health in metro Detroit and Michigan. For this reason, City Connect Detroit has developed a portfolio of initiatives since 2005 related to the promotion of community and economic development in the region.
The agency’s work in this area began with its involvement in the Detroit Community Partnership to End Homelessness Together. That collaborative, comprised of public, private, and nonprofit community stakeholders, was brought together to improve Detroit’s coordination of homeless services and to ensure that the city didn’t miss out on opportunities to secure federal funding for these services. With networking and facilitation by City Connect Detroit, along with initial fund development support, the collaborative strengthened Detroit’s permanent homeless service coordinating body, the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND), which today manages the city’s federal grant portfolio in the area of homeless services. One of HAND’s key staff today is Amanda Sternberg, who served as City Connect Detroit’s point-person on the collaborative in 2006.
City Connect Detroit also convened the Motown’s Downtowns Collaborative, from 2006-2008, to improve coordination between development officials in Detroit, Hamtramck, Ferndale, and Royal Oak, Michigan. The collaborative piloted a community shuttle program, which helped participants build trust, respect, and mutual understanding.
Today, City Connect Detroit is a key facilitator of two community development collaboratives: the Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods Learning Partnership and the Wayne County Promise Neighborhoods Community of Practice.
City Connect Detroit’s service array is well-positioned to further community and economic development throughout the region in the years ahead. The agency convenes and facilitates community development-focused collaborations; identifies, cultivates, solicits, and provides stewardship in support of community development fundraising efforts; incubates community development nonprofits; and links community development-focused funders with quality local economic development initiatives.
For more information about City Connect Detroit’s services related to community health and wellness, contact Program Director Kate Cherry today