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  1. U-M Detroit Center to host virtual community campus visit in June

    The U-M Detroit Center will offer four sessions, grounded in the current context of the COVID-19 emergency, offering participants an opportunity to explore the resources that are available to address rapid response needs.


  2. Virtual senior center helps older adults in Detroit connect while social distancing

    The classes are offered by the Silver Center, a virtual senior center that offers enrichment and educational programs via phone to help adults 60 years old or older stay connected. While the program started before the pandemic, organizers hope it will mitigate some of the negative health and social impacts caused by social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 

  3. Detroit housing shortage, evictions set stage for COVID-19 housing crisis

    Failing to ensure more Detroiters can stay in their homes will increase the likelihood of a resurgence of COVID-19 in the city and surrounding areas, as having a stable place to live is critical to social distancing.

    1. U-M alumna Amy Good offers Alternatives For Girls in crisis, homeless or at-risk for abuse

      Amy Good’s work with Alternatives For Girls was inspired by a challenge she received from professor emerita Rosemary Sarri as she neared graduation from U-M’s School of Social Work. “She said, ‘Do something hard, and build something that wasn’t there before,” Good said. 

    2. Michigan poverty map shows economic security by county

      People living in poverty and the working poor will have an especially difficult time weathering the global pandemic, which is taking a toll on people’s economic security and health, said H. Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions.

    3. U-M survey: 1 in 5 Detroiters will be out of money in 3 months because of COVID-19

      The survey found Detroiters are most concerned about being able to care for family and friends and getting the health care they need during the coronavirus pandemic, even more so than having a place to live and access to transportation. 

    4. Philanthropist, entrepreneur discusses U-M fellowship that aims to help students, major cities

      “I hope that the work of our foundation, and the people we have invested in, will create a ripple effect of social justice for years to come.”
      ~ David Bohnett

    5. Q&A: David Tarver talks about urban entrepreneurship’s power to lift a city

      “I’m seeing people stepping up and starting these businesses that have an urban focus or that are designed in some way to improve the quality of life in cities. But on the other hand I think it is just a really challenging undertaking.”

      ~ David Tarver

    6. U-M helping Detroit’s small businesses locate, navigate coronavirus-related financial aid

      “We have a team of interdisciplinary students responding in various ways: law students researching legal questions related to Small Business Administration lending, public policy students creating easy to understand guides, and design students designing templates for businesses moving to online sales.”
      ~ Justin Erickson, program manager for the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project.

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