Poverty Solutions

  1. Partner Profile: Detroit Phoenix Center gives housing security, more to Detroit youth

    “One thing I found very beneficial was the exposure our young people received in the communications training and the opportunity for them to have something they crafted come to life. With the young people we serve, many of them have said they don’t feel that their voices are heard. Being able to have a platform to elevate their voices and their brilliance has been immeasurable.”
    ~ Courtney Smith, founder and CEO of the Detroit Phoenix Center

  2. Three out of four unemployed Detroiters expect to return to work in the next month

    The survey found that 75% of unemployed Detroiters expect to return to work in the next month. This is in line with DMACS findings from November 2021 when a similar proportion of unemployed Detroiters expected to quickly return to work.

  3. Detroit eviction filings on track to return to pre-pandemic level as COVID-19 protections expire

    With pandemic-era protections expiring, eviction filings in Detroit rose from historic lows to 75% of the pre-pandemic rate as of June. At the current filing rate, 21% of Detroit renters – 61,000 tenants – will face the threat of eviction this year.

  4. Detroiters say quality K-12 schools is top policy priority for November elections

    Compared to Detroiters who say they will definitely vote, uncertain and unlikely voters list fewer policy issues as high priorities. Definite voters are far more likely to consider the environment; abortion; LGBTQ+ rights; and racial inequality as high priorities for elected officials. 

  5. Candidate support for reparations would mobilize Detroit voters

    In addition to affecting voter turnout in upcoming elections, a reparations policy may also shape which candidates voters support. The majority of Detroiters who said they will “definitely” or “probably” vote in the upcoming election said a reparations policy was an important factor in who they will support.

  6. Partner Profile: HOPE Village Revitalization

    “We’ve had a wide range of committed, passionate, very intelligent U-M students who are willing to use their time and talents to help our neighborhood and our mission. That’s priceless.”
    ~ Debbie Fisher, executive director of HOPE Village Revitalization

  7. 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. 

  8. 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.

  9. 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