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Project Summary: The City of Flint and the Flint Housing Commission (FHC) have partnered to address the historic challenges facing the Atherton East public housing development and the surrounding community. The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant helped the City and FHC develop the South Flint Community Plan (SFCP). SFCP is a detailed document outlining projects to implement the Master Plan in a targeted area. The SFCP planning process was community-driven and the final plan details strategies for Housing, Neighborhood and People. The Flint Housing Commission selected Norstar Development to complete the relocation of Atherton East. Funding for this will come from numerous sources. An application was submitted to HUD on November 20, 2017 and awarded to the City and FHC on July 6, 2018 for a $30 Million Implementation Grant to relocate Atherton East and improve education, safety, and economic outcomes for South Flint residents. Phase I development of the new Atherton East, Clark Commons  was awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and development will begin in early spring 2019.

         

Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Community Engagement starts with engagement IN the community.

Social Media in most forms is an effective method to broadcast a message and receive broad feedback.  But it is an ineffective surrogate for developing a truly empathic understanding of the human issues facing every citizen of Flint regardless of where they fall on the socio-economic ladder.  The most helpful form of community engagement is to TALK to people face to face and ask them to get involved.  Their are a lot of citizens in every neighborhood of Flint that want to help improve the human condition here and many of them share common ground for getting there.  But they need to be engaged.  Meetings held in a singular location, regardless of their being publicly advertised on websites, does not consitutute engagement.  Advertizing its existence is a good beginning but it falls short by not leveraging the influence of the neighborhood leaders to help promote.  This effort should begin with the councilman of each ward getting to work (and volunteering, since they arn’t being paid at the moment) as we are being asked to do) and engaging the neighborhood associations, churches, businesses and community organizations (Masons, Elks, Moose, Eagles, etc.) and asking for their assistance in rallying the citizens through a request for help. Try it.  The people are out their.  They are just waiting for the leaders to guide the way.    
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