Poverty Solutions

  1. Helping youth harness the power of communication

    U-M’s Poverty Solutions initiative collaborated with the Detroit Phoenix Center to develop a series of communications workshops for the Summer Leadership Academy on owning your narrative, defining your point of view, using data to support your point, and crafting advocacy statements. 

  2. Poverty Solutions collaborates on Detroit Land Contract Buyer Guide

    The city of Detroit, Enterprise Community Partners, and University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions co-authored and published the buyer guide. The guide includes information, do-it-yourself checklists, and guidance on risks for before signing, at signing, after signing, and after paying the land contract in full. The guide and additional resources, including materials in Spanish, are available.

  3. 9 in 10 eviction cases filed during the pandemic came from landlords not compliant with rental codes

    “Lawmakers can stop unjust evictions if they act urgently to enforce existing laws, make pandemic-era changes permanent and strengthen tenant protections.”

    ~ Alexa Eisenberg

  4. Majority of Detroiters report stable, improved financial situation compared to year ago

    Detroiters who received the economic stimulus payments were less likely to report that they faced major economic challenges within the last year. At the end of 2021, 13% of stimulus check recipients said they were facing major economic challenges, compared to 30% of people who did not receive the checks. 

  5. Most Detroiters vaccinated in second half of 2021 were previously unsure about COVID-19 vaccines

    The survey results suggest vaccination efforts have overcome some early wariness among communities of color, narrowing the vaccination race gap.

  6. Black Michiganders: Key findings from U-M Poverty Solutions

    A representative survey from U-M’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study demonstrates that Black Detroit residents adopted these safety measures earlier than other groups. While 59% of Black residents were wearing masks at that point in the pandemic, only 38% of white residents and 35% of Latino residents were doing so.

  7. Poverty Solutions partners with four Detroit organizations to fund, evaluate economic mobility projects

    Economic mobility projects led by Church of Messiah Housing Corp., Journey to Healing, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency will receive technical assistance and $10,000 grants from Poverty Solutions at U-M.

  8. Census undercounted population in select Detroit neighborhoods by 8%

    If undercounts of a similar magnitude occurred in a majority of the city’s more than 600 block groups, the potential undercount could be in the tens of thousands.

  9. Nearly 38,000 households in Detroit estimated to be living in inadequate housing

    While the city of Detroit recently announced a home repair program—Renew Detroit—that will distribute $30 million in American Rescue Plan funds as home repair grants to seniors with low incomes and homeowners with disabilities, gaps in home repair resources remain.