This project will equip MACC Development, a locally-led community development corporation, with the capacity to face the uncertainty of Detroit's recent bankruptcy by partnering hundreds of volunteer hours with locally-hired neighbors to secure vacant homes, beautify vacant properties, and re-purpose public spaces, resulting in decreased crime, increased community activities, and improved overall quality of life for our Pingree Park community.
In the city of Detroit, more than 40,000 vacant homes and properties litter our neighborhoods. These properties and their poor condition perpetuate crime, both violent and petty, decrease healthy community activity, exacerbate neighborhood flight, and decrease the overall quality of life.
Detroit's malaise is now even more infamous, and nearly every major issue - education, housing and economic development - can be traced back to one key issue: blight.
Our project organizes thousands of volunteer hours, coordinates dozens of local Block Captain leaders, and augments their combined efforts with financial and technical support. What results is a cross-cultural collaboration that's informed and led by the wisdom of long-time residents, fueled by the willing support of greater-Metro Detroit volunteers, and coordinated by a locally led community organization.
This project will change the face of our neighborhood! We will be able to secure or tear down two dozen of our neighborhoods most haphazard homes, organize thousands of volunteer hours to aid in these efforts, and equip our local neighbors with raised garden beds, seedlings, tools and other resources to continue to cultivate and beautify our neighborhood. Most importantly, this project will allow our community to forge ahead despite our city's upcoming financial challenges.