Detroit Regional Chamber, General Motors Announce NeighborHUB Grant Winners

• Five grants up to $30,000 awarded to Detroit neighborhood nonprofit organizations.
• Yearlong project work to begin this month.

DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 16 2019 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors announced the second cohort of awardees for the NeighborHUB grant program. Five neighborhood nonprofit organizations will receive a grant and in-kind business support for innovative and collaborative solutions to problems their community faces. The NeighborHUB program is a collaborative effort between the Chamber and General Motors that is designed to empower residents in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to affect change in their neighborhoods through physical presence and innovative programming.

The grant awardees include:

  • Bridging Communities, Inc.
  • Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss
  • Northend Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC)
  • The Avalon Village
  • 360 Detroit, Inc.

“In its first year, the NeighborHUB program was an unqualified success, helping organizations engage Detroiters to drive change throughout the city,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at General Motors. “As we award the second cohort of nonprofits the opportunity to make a positive impact in their neighborhoods, we are proud and eager to see the continued momentum fostered by this program.”

The NeighborHUB program was announced last year at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference and the first cohort of t grant awardees are set to finish their projects this month. This year’s application period launched in July and was open through August. Through a collaborative process, an advisory selection committee composed of representatives from the Chamber, General Motors and a representative from local organizations including the Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources, reviewed and voted on the proposals.

“We are confident that the committee has selected organizations that will use the grant to provide their neighborhood with viable and innovative resources,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officers for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that this program will continue to serve as a roadmap for creating change in other communities across Detroit and the region.”

More than 50 grant applications were submitted, and the selection process was very competitive. Project work will begin this month and continue until October 2020. Learn more about the projects at www.detroitchamber.com/neighborhub.

NeighborHUB Grant Program Awardees:

  1. Bridging Communities, Inc.
    Project: Community Kitchen
    Scope: This project proposes the construction of a community kitchen in Southwest Detroit to expand opportunities for intergenerational exchange, commerce, learning, and healthy meals created in the community by the community.
    Grant Award: $30,000“Wow we are truly honored to receive this prestigious award. As a nonprofit, I understand the competition that our application was a part of. We look forward to the celebration and the announcement,” said Phyllis Edwards, the executive director of Bridging Communities, Inc.
  1. Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss
    Project: Kids’ Grief Relief
    Scope: Providing a safe and supportive Hub where children of trauma can begin to heal properly through education, healthy expression of grief, social interaction, and physical activity.
    Grant Award: $30,000“We are overwhelmed with gratitude and cannot overstate how honored we are for being selected as a recipient of this year’s NeighborHUB Grant.  Your support will ignite an astounding level of success that we would not have been able to achieve without you!” said Tacara Woods, founder of Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss.
  1. Northend Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC)
    Project: Reactivation of the Historic Red’s Jazz Shoeshine
    Scope: We’re restoring the historic Red’s Jazz Shoeshine Parlor, bringing home a family-owned business spanning three generations to its original location and activating a vacant storefront with culturally resonant programming.
    Grant Award: $30,000″Thank you so much! We are thrilled to be supported for our work in the North End. We cannot wait to showcase our project upon completion,” said Jerry Ann Hebron, executive director for the Northend Christian Community Development Corporation.
  2. The Avalon Village
    Project: The Homework House
    Scope: Homework House is a big red brick house where under-served Highland Park children come for a kaleidoscope of creative educational activities, meals, laundry and shower facilities – a beautiful, enriching space.
    Grant Award: $30,000″We are truly grateful to the Detroit Regional Chamber for this NeighborHUB grant. It will make a life-changing difference for the children of Highland Park and for all of us at Avalon Village,” said Shamayim ‘Mama Shu’ Harris, founder and CEO of Avalon Village. “This funding will give us the final push we need to complete The Homework House, an after-school safe haven in our self-sustaining eco village. The house was slated to be demolished, but we have been lovingly restoring it for several years with a geothermal heating and cooling system, a solar roof and so much more. We can’t wait to open our doors to local students! Special thanks to the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency for their partnership and support.”
  1. 360 Detroit, Inc.
    Project: Community House
    Scope: Create a community art house and gathering space to host art classes, cooking classes, and reading and financial literacy training.
    Grant Award: $30,000“Positive action, not just talk is the key ingredient for a healthy community,” said George Adams, president and founder of 360 Detroit, Inc.

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About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Detroit Phoenix Center – October 2019 Update

The Detroit Phoenix Center Zen Zone Space is complete! We are excited to launch our after-school program and to continue to initiate programming and drop-in services inside of the Zen Zone. We originally planned to move to a larger space inside the Bethel Community Transformation Center. However, due to an unexpected increase in rent, we stayed in our old space and explored ways to optimize usage and reimagine opportunities to give it a “facelift”.

We accomplished this by completely redoing each room: laundry room, shower room, activities lounge, and the oasis room. We even were able to help install new partitions in the women’s restroom. These upgrades stayed within our overall proposed budget, but there were some costs that we did not anticipate. In the build-out phase, those costs included reimbursing project managers for gas, feeding volunteers, and the cost of materials for larger volunteer groups. Since we were tapping into a youth volunteer base, some of the volunteers were not skilled in laying carpet and painting, so we had to re-do some of the work, pushing our timeline back a few weeks.

We ensured our project was completed, despite the setbacks, by requesting more skilled labor and keeping a running timeline to ensure we were on target. While completing the upgrades, we still hosted programming – Youth Open House, Prom Sendoff, Yoga, Game Night, and some drop-in days. Hosting programming in the space while it was under construction helped us receive feedback on changes we needed to make.

The proposed project was completely designed and informed by the youth in the community. The Zen Zone is a space created for the youth and by the youth.

Detroit Theater Organ Society – October 2019 Update

The NeighborHUB grant to address the unwelcoming vacant lot and the blighted gap in between the Senate Theater doors and vertical Senate neon blade expanded the possibilities for the Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS).

When the project began, everyone knew that additional revenue would be required to install a functioning marquee. The question then became, how much could DTOS raise, and how much would the ideal sign cost?

Following a successful fundraising campaign that ended in 2018, DTOS needed to secure three comparable estimates, assess the vendors’ capacity for this specialized project, and determine what additional funds from building maintenance reserves it could add. These tasks required thorough consideration and significant time.

Ultimately, DTOS secured several estimates and bids, increased the budget for the marquee project, and signed a contract in July. DTOS then secured city permits and began construction of the sign structure and electronic letter boards.

The hope is that the installation of this sign will indicate to the surrounding neighborhood that the Senate Theater is open and ready to be used by the community.

DTOS faced a few unique challenges with this project. One challenge came about while securing bids from companies in the booming construction economy. DTOS persevered by taking the proper steps to thoughtfully and responsibly select a contractor.

The beautification of the vacant Senate Coney Island lot created another challenge due to the compacted dirt and remaining foundation materials in the former commercial site. DTOS sought advice from Detroit Future City and found other resources to remove the barrier. However, most of the available information geared towards small residential plots, not large commercial lots filled with clay and rocks.

It became clear that a creative alternative to grass or green groundcover would be necessary to transform the space, so the direction changed. A decorative fence, bright red mulch, and community-driven murals achieved the desired result: a space that looks welcoming and is usable. Conversations are proceeding with community partners on how DTOS can successfully activate the improved lot now that it is usable

DTOS is most proud of how this project has facilitated community engagement. From the free, family-friendly film series and the Senate Coney Yard installation, to the fundraising campaign itself, the NeighborHUB grant has connected new individuals, audiences, and organizations with the Senate Theater.

The initiation of a free, family-friendly film series was a critical component of the project. More than 100 community members filled out surveys online and in person to help determine what kinds of movies and activities kids and families want to see at the Senate Theater.

The survey results informed a film selection heavy on animated features, culminating in the final and most successful screening in September, “Alice in Wonderland”. It attracted approximately 50 individuals of all ages from the community.

The completion of the marquee, expected in late 2019 or early 2020, will capitalize on the momentum generated by this project and propel the Senate Theater, home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society, into a sustainable, community-driven future.

Motown Museum – October 2019 Update

In the late summer of 2019, Motown Museum completed the construction of Dancing in the Street Park and began fully activating the space with placemaking programs. The park quickly became a popular gathering space for museum visitors, but the immediate community took longer to immerse themselves in the space.

Before the park was built, the main attraction at the Motown Museum campus was the paid guided tour. For this reason, people assumed that the park and programs were for paid guests. To change this assumption, we met with neighborhood leaders such as Brazelton Florists, James H. Cole Home for Funerals, Henry Ford Hospital, and West Grand Boulevard Collaborative. We engaged in an open forum with the Kresge Foundation Arts and Culture staff to discuss how current and future museum developments can create pathways to help each other.

The forum was successful and participation in the park increased. Two specific activations included: the engagement of Dancing in the Street Park for Cole’s 100th Anniversary Community Celebration, and Neighborhoods Day 2019, which connected residents with ARISE Detroit and celebrated the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood.

From June to September, the Motown Museum created over 40 free programs and events in the Dancing in the Street Park. Programs included: cardio drumming, piano, vocal, and guitar lessons, Temps and Tops Dance Party, hometown music open performances, face painting, balloon making, Poetry Lunch and Learn, Bass Players Day, caricature drawing, spoken word performances, an emcee workshop, and King’s 12 and Under Poetry Jam.

The last weekend of September hosted two very special events in the Dancing in The Street Park. On Sept. 21, more than 100 Motown legends and alumni gathered from all over the country for a special Motown Picnic in the Park in celebration of Motown’s 60th Anniversary. The next day, Motown Museum held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the expanded Museum in the Park. Attendees included Motown Founder Berry Gordy, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and other leaders, donors, and Motown alumni.

Some of the challenges the Motown Museum faced with this space included maintaining the furniture since it is an outdoor space. To stay within budget, we bought chairs, tables, and umbrellas that may not have been sturdy enough for the daily uses of the park. Future organizations that attempt similar projects may want to consider investing in more durable equipment for outdoor spaces.

In the end, we are very pleased with the results of our new space and are already planning for events in 2020. For questions about our projects, please contact Motown Museum Director of Development and Community Activation Paul Barker at 313.875.2264 ext. 226 or by email at pbarker@motownmuseum.org.

Carrie Morris Arts Production – October 2019 Update

September 2019 found us catching our breath after a whirlwind of programming in our outdoor space. We recently produced the 2019 Detroit Fringe Festival which included 17 performances featuring more than 50 artists from Southeast Michigan. We also completed programming for our CMAP Outdoor Summer Series with the commissioned spoken word performance “One Single Rose” by Rosemarie Wilson, who staged two sets of music in our outdoor space, and the culmination of Zoo Stories, a puppet show collaboration with the Detroit Zoo.

Our Neighborhood Advisory Committee convened to provide insight and guidance as we facilitated neighborhood-based programming and the green space build-out. Neighbors and residents of all ages enjoyed these free events. We were happy to provide space for these unique cultural offerings.

This coming month, we will complete the tiered mound topology that will make up the audience seating for our outdoor amphitheater, with about 90 cubic yards of the project’s fill dirt (or nine dump trucks full) generously donated by Fiat Chrysler as they get rid of unwanted dirt from their new plant site on Mack Avenue. The attached picture shows about six trucks worth of dirt or about 60 cubic yards. We are taking out some of the non-native trees and scrub to make room for the finalized landscape design.

We appreciate those who have provided support for this outdoor project, and this final image is one that we felt was a performative and visual blessing for CMAP, this outdoor space, and our future endeavors. As part of the Detroit Fringe Festival, Southwest Detroit-based performing artist and muralist Kia Arriaga gave a performance in our outdoor space titled “Aztec Traditions as Cultural Resistance” where she performed traditional Aztec dances and engaged the audience in a participatory Ofrenda blessing mural activity. The images she chose for the audience to fill in with dried beans, flowers, and other materials included the Aztec icon for “house” and the Aztec icon for “beautiful art”.

Over the past year, it has taken many people, organizations, volunteers, and neighbors working together to help us collectively build this space. We are excited for future programming to take place in the new CMAP amphitheater and outdoor green space, and to have those same organizations, artists, and neighbors join us to enjoy the space together.

DCAN/DPN – October 2019 Update

This past summer, Detroit College Access Network (DCAN), in partnership with Detroit Parent Network (DPN), opened the Postsecondary Academic and Career Endeavors (PACE) Detroit Center at DPN. The goal of the center is to connect parents and students to higher education, skilled trades, on-the-job training, and other opportunities that lead to a postsecondary degree and increased income.

DPN Parent Champions Presenting to Teach for America – 2019 New Teacher Orientation

DPN trained and hired parents from the community as Opportunity Navigators (ONs) to help reach families in their neighborhoods through Parent Cafes and other DPN outreach activities. Families from Parent Cafes and other internal programming visited the drop-in hub to receive support with continuing their education. Due to poor retention rates, ONs will receive more technical assistance and coaching along with increased wages starting Fall 2019. Accordingly, fewer Parent Cafes will take place than planned.

Overall, parent members, community partners, and the board of directors agreed that the PACE Detroit Center was innovative and indispensable. However, participation in PACE opportunities failed to meet expectations, and the program only fully came together in its last week. Despite this, skilled, accessible advisors and college representatives were able to give one-to-one sessions in a comfortable setting during the program. Through ups and downs, DPN and DCAN have worked together to assess challenges and create viable solutions, and outreach strategies have since been redesigned while keeping PACE doors open.

Recently, DPN received funding to increase the number of walk-ins and to support outreach. With the funds, DCAN hired two high school interns and a part-time outreach coordinator to help with outreach at larger community events. In addition to the outreach teams, DCAN also hired two trained, highly qualified counselors to work one-on-one with students and families to support them with the next steps in their college and career journeys.

After the PACE Detroit Center first opened in July with low turnout rates, it conducted mobile workshops with partner organizations, bringing the center to students and families directly. Instead of losing momentum after its original strategy did not work, PACE reached out to key stakeholders who already had large numbers of students for summer programs. This strategy was successful and will be put into effect next summer. Partner organizations can also host summer programming at the center, which will help increase traffic.

The project goal of engaging 250 students and families with knowledge, support, and completing the next steps for enrollment into postsecondary institutions was exceeded by 100 students and families who participated in 11 mobile workshops. Students and families explored the possibility of enrolling to complete their educational endeavors to work towards increasing their income through the program.

DPN also worked with Grow Detroit Young Talent students and staff to create a “CEO challenge”, bringing more ready-to-enroll young people and adults into the center in its final weeks. Six DPN parents and staff met with advisors to learn about debt forgiveness programs. With the focused support of Detroit Regional Chamber staff, they are now enrolled in local community and four-year colleges.

Hope Starts Here and DPN Parent Champions! Hope Starts with Families and Valuing Education!

DPN includes the PACE Detroit Center in a larger vision of building the Community Pathways to Opportunity program through 2019 to summer 2020. A new cohort of Opportunity Navigators begins training in October and will be deployed with DCAN and other partners to provide parent and youth peer-to-peer support. Shared learning and storytelling are essential for those in the community whose families did not attend college or career institutions. Young people and adults need pathways and people they can relate to who inspire and equip them to build their possibilities. Together with schools and institutions of higher learning, DPN looks to encourage families throughout Detroit communities to consider new and exciting possibilities through opportunities to further their education.

Eden Gardens – October 2019 Update

Eden Gardens Block Club had a great summer. We came together for several events ending with Back to School Day. A member in our community gave out book bags and free haircuts at the event. We had face painting, archery, horseback riding, and chess lessons. It was a great way of ending the summer.

Our community has had some challenges with getting the exercise equipment for the playground due to backorders of the summer. We intend on putting down the final equipment within the next two weeks.

The playground has been very well used and we look forward to adding the new exercise equipment and expanding the playground in the future. Many thanks to NeighborHUB for its support. We could not have done it without you.

Detroit Regional Chamber, General Motors Announce NeighborHUB Grant Winners

• Eight grants up to $30,000 awarded to Detroit neighborhood nonprofit organizations.
• More than 100 applications received; number of grant awards increased from five to eight.
• Yearlong project work to begin this month.

DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 5, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors announced the awardees for the NeighborHUB grant program during a press conference at the Northwest Activities Center in Detroit. Eight neighborhood nonprofit organizations will receive a grant and in-kind business support for innovative and collaborative solutions to problems their community faces. The NeighborHUB program is a collaborative effort between the Chamber and General Motors that is designed to empower residents in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park to affect change in their neighborhoods through physical presence and innovative programming.

The grant awardees include:

1. Carrie Morris Arts Production (CMAP)
2. Detroit College Access Network and Detroit Parent Network (DCAN)
3. Detroit Phoenix Center
4. Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS)
5. Eden Gardens Block Club
6. Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association
7. Motown Museum
8. Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

“The response to this program was incredible, both in quality and quantity of proposals,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at General Motors. “We’re proud to have expanded the support to eight awardees and are excited to see the change the projects make across Detroit.”

The NeighborHUB program was announced earlier this year at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference and the application period launched in July. Through a collaborative process a advisory selection committee composed of representatives from the Chamber, General Motors and a representative from local organizations including the Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources, reviewed and voted on the proposals.

“We are confident that the committee selected organizations that will use the grant to provide their neighborhood with viable and innovative resources,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officers for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that this program will serve as a roadmap for creating change in other communities across Detroit and the region.”

More than 100 grant applications were submitted, and the selection process was very competitive. Given the selection committee is made up individuals heavily involved with community nonprofit organizations, there were several instances where committee members had to recuse themselves from reviewing and voting on certain proposals.

Project work will begin this month and continue until October 2019.

NeighborHUB Grant Program Awardees

Carrie Morris Arts Production (CMAP)

• Project: The CMAP Amphitheater and 2019 Outdoor Summer Series
• Scope: This project will create an amphitheater and provide free, multilingual family-friendly performance programming across 12 formerly vacant lots serving the West Campau and Banglatown neighborhood.
• Grant Award: $30,000

“We are thrilled to receive support from the Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors via the NeighborHUB grant program. This support for our physical infrastructure expands our reach, allowing us to provide free, multilingual, family-friendly performance programming to twice the number of our current audience members in 2019.”

– Carrie Morris, Founder and Director, Carrie Morris Arts Production

Detroit College Access Network and Detroit Parent Network (DCAN)

• Project: The Pathways to Higher Education and Careers Center (P-HECC)
• Scope: This partnership will support the Pathways to Higher Education and Careers Center and help connect both parents and students to higher education, workforce development, skilled trades, on-the-job training, and other opportunities that lead to a postsecondary degree and increased income.
• Grant Award: $30,000

“We are thrilled to expand our multigenerational approach of empowering parents as champions for their children to also address the significant gap in educational and career attainment in our neighborhoods. At DPN we engage, equip and empower parents to become leaders in schools and the community. With this startup grant and our partnership with DCAN, we can now train parents as Cradle to Career Ambassadors to help more youth and their parents to navigate the complexities of colleges, trade and workforce programs. Our Family College Drop In Center designed by and for parents along with College Cafes in the neighborhoods will help build more Pathways to Opportunity so that ALL of the families in Detroit can thrive!”

– Jametta Lilly, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Parent Network

Detroit Phoenix Center

• Project: Asset Based Resource Center (ABRC)-Zen Zone
• Scope: This program will support the Asset Based Resource Center’s Zen Zone to provide support services and a safe, inclusive and youth-centric environment for disconnected, homeless and runaway youth in Detroit.
• Grant Award: $26,500
“The impact that this project has on our community is unmatched. The development of the Asset Based Resource Center – Zen Zone helps ensure that the most vulnerable youth in our community have a safe, affirming and inclusive environment to access critical resources and support. Thus, aiding in the likelihood that they will thrive in school, on the job and in life. When our youth thrive, our communities thrive.”
– Courtney Smith, Executive Director, Detroit Phoenix Center

Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS)

• Project: Welcome to The Senate: Catalyzing Community Cinema
• Scope: This grant will foster neighborhood engagement and expanded community use of the Senate Theater by transforming its vacant adjacent lot to a new useable community space and replace the theater’s missing marquee.
• Grant Award: $30,000

“Welcome to The Senate is a project that is going to help the Detroit Theater Organ Society share the magic of the movies and the Mighty Wurlizter with all of our neighbors, while beautifying our block. We are so thankful the NeighborHUB program is powering this initiative!”

– Lindsay Robillard, Playing Member, Detroit Theater Organ Society

Eden Gardens Block Club

• Project: Bringing Generations Together Through Clean and Safe Play
• Scope: This program will create a multigenerational, community-built playground that will serve as a hub for building positive relationships between community children and seniors, as well as promote fitness activity for all ages.
• Grant Award: $30,000

“Our multigenerational playground project will impact the community by serving as a central hub for social interaction between neighborhood youth and seniors. It will transform two vacant lots into a family-oriented space filled with laughter and promoting physical fitness. It will be a space where children can learn about leadership, cooperation and play. And, it will provide an opportunity for seniors who may be housebound to get fresh air and exercise. Our community will be impacted greatly by this project and we are extremely grateful to the Detroit Regional Chamber for the opportunity to make it a reality.”

– Karen Knox, Executive Director, Eden Hardens Block Club

Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association

• Project: Fit & Funky: Culture and Wellness Programming in Clark Park
• Scope: Named “Fit & Funky,” this program will build on existing park assets to create community space for residents’ young and old by bringing fitness and music to the north end of Clark Park in southwest Detroit.
• Grant Award: $30,000

“Our collaborative neighborhood project between Hubbard Farms and Clark Park is all about bringing our neighborhood residents and families together within Clark Park by creating opportunities to enjoy time together. Whether it is gathering to hear music in our park during a regularly scheduled weekly summertime evening or being able to grab a neighbor to go work out together on our new fitness trail because spending time together as neighbors, develops an extended neighborhood family that cares for one another.”

– Deborah Sumner, Founding Member, Clark Park Coalition; Board Member, Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association

Motown Museum

• Project: Dancing in the Street
• Scope: Titled “Dancing in the Streets,” this grant will help transform the green space adjacent to Hitsville U.S.A. into a community gathering space and provide programming such as: health screenings and fitness programs; food truck rallies and cooking competitions; popup shops for local businesses and much more.
• Grant Award: $30,000

“Dancing in the Street will transform a vacant Museum lot into a year-round gathering space designed to bring tourists and Detroit residents together through the love of Motown music. Motown Museum recognizes its responsibility to serve as a community resource in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood and is proud that Dancing in the Street will offer a community gathering space that is safe and interactive. Long before the Museum became a place to visit, the grounds of the Hitsville home was a safe space for aspiring musicians to learn, create and socialize.”

– Paul D. Barker, Director, Development and Community Activation, Motown Museum

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

• Project: Quality Housing Incubator at the Cortland Community Impact Center
• Scope: This grant will help launch a Quality Housing Incubator to provide hands-on home repair and weatherization instruction for area residents. The space will also be open for neighborhood gatherings.
• Grant Award: $30,000

“The NeighborHUB award will support Wayne Metro’s larger effort to transform and revitalize blighted neighborhood properties in Highland Park into a safe, clean and productive destination for community members seeking a variety of supports. Our efforts will focus on renovating a formerly abandoned house across from our Cortland Community Impact Center into a hands-on home repair and weatherization training and demonstration center for entry-level contractors throughout Southeast Michigan. This Quality Housing Incubator will also serve as a welcoming, accessible space for neighborhood gatherings and will strengthen residents’ sense of community with places to meet, share and volunteer together.”

– Anne Zobel, Chief Program Officer, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Please note, grants were awarded based on the amount requested by the organization. Learn more about the projects at www.detroitchamber.com/neighborhub.