Detroit residents

  1. Majority of Detroiters say they want police reform, many also want increased police presence

    According to the survey of Detroit households conducted by U-M’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study, a significant majority of Detroiters favor police reforms, including requiring police to be trained in nonviolent policing methods (79%), giving the civilian oversight board the power to investigate and discipline officers for misconduct (68%), and using unarmed first responders for mental health calls (66%).

  2. Detroit unemployment sits at 25%—lower than pandemic peak, twice pre-pandemic rate

    While there was no evidence of significant gender differences in who was unemployed, the reported reasons for unemployment were different among women and men. Forty percent of unemployed women report they are not working in part due to family obligations, compared to only 12% of unemployed men.

  3. Low vaccination rates persist in Detroit households with children

    The discomfort that many adults feel toward vaccinating the children in their household is also evident in their willingness to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine for themselves. Adults living in Detroit households with children are about half as likely (38%) as adults living in Detroit households without children (70%) to report that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. 

  4. Sirota: designing cultural infrastructure for a broad public

    Much of Akoaki’s other current work is centered on Detroit’s historic North End, a once-thriving entertainment district that today retains few physical markers of that legacy.

  5. Concern about safety is main reason many Detroiters are not getting vaccinated, U-M survey finds

    Importantly, the survey results demonstrate that vaccine hesitancy is surmountable. More than 1 in 3 residents (34%) who reported being unlikely to get vaccinated between January and March 2021 have since received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

  6. Community brings a fresh spin to Detroit alleyways

    “This brings together this alley activation work with the green energy work in a way that’s very locally applied. The project is really led and driven by the community partners.”
    ~ Paul Draus, UM-Dearborn sociology professor

  7. Funding opportunity to advance economic mobility priorities of Detroit residents

    Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is offering stipends of $7,500 to $10,000 to support projects led by Detroit organizations working to promote economic mobility. 

  8. P-20 initiative grows with new teaching residents, early childhood center

    Construction on the Early Childhood Education Center has finished and the new facility will welcome students in fall 2021. The School of Education is involved in curriculum and professional development for the center, as well as coordinating cross-campus holistic support services for children and families.

  9. Historic King Solomon Baptist Church: responding to a community in crisis

    As a new pastor Charles Williams III made sure to connect Historic King Solomon Baptist Church to its social service roots. He established a food pantry at the church, clothing giveaways, Thanksgiving meals and youth mentoring services. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Michigan in March 2020, Williams was ready to do more.