Poverty Solutions

  1. Partner Profile: Journey to Healing takes holistic approach to trauma and grief 

    “We had the privilege of collaborating with the University of Michigan, which provided us with valuable data and evidence-based measures. As a result, we were able to conduct additional focus groups. It was wonderful to gain the data piece.”

    ~ Shardaya Fuquay, executive director of Journey to Healing

  2. Back-to-school topics: U-M experts available

    Back to school brings several challenges, from student learning, expectations of academic success and mental health concerns among children to questioning technology replacing educators and AI and the ongoing shortage of teachers, school staff and supplies. University of Michigan experts can address these and other issues as students return to school.

  3. Chronic housing instability poses educational risk for Detroit students

    As Detroit children prepare to return to school, widespread and chronic housing instability among city residents poses a threat to students’ ability to perform well academically. All of the parents interviewed said the lack of quality affordable housing is a barrier to housing stability.

  4. Detroit youth share vision for $5.7M grant to address homelessness, housing instability

    Between 11-16% of Detroit K-12 students faced homelessness or housing instability in 2021-22, according to a new study from Wayne State University College of Education’s Detroit Partnership for Education Equity & Research in partnership with University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions.

  5. Poverty Solutions research assistants support groups advancing Detroit financial well-being projects

    The Detroit Financial Well-Being Innovation Challenge brought teams together at a showcase event this spring hosted by GreenLight Fund at Durfee Innovation Society. The five-year challenge that launched in February 2022 is run by United Way for Southeastern Michigan in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions.

  6. Detroit’s 16% unemployment rate driven by labor force rebounders

    Sixteen percent of Detroit residents in the labor force were unemployed as of March 2023, according to the latest survey from the University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study. The latest unemployment estimate essentially holds steady from the previous DMACS estimate in August 2022. Detroit’s unemployment peaked at 43% at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and remains higher than the estimated pre-pandemic unemployment rate of 8%.

  7. Partner Profile: Friends of Parkside helps Detroiters bridge digital divide

    “The responsiveness of the researchers was valuable. Not only did I reach out to the School of Information during the pandemic, I also reached out to Poverty Solutions for assistance with case management and they provided support. I reached out to the Medical School as a resource for residents with questions about COVID. In each case, there was a response, and with that response came hope.”

    ~ Zachary Rowe, executive director, Friends of Parkside

  8. U-M’s Poverty Solutions takes an evidence-based approach to improving life in Detroit and beyond

    “We’ve done a great deal with housing and revitalization. We’ve worked a great deal with workforce development and with public health. So a lot of how we live out our mission happens in the city of Detroit.”
    ~ Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions

  9. Partner Profile: Urban Neighborhood Initiatives supports people and places in Detroit’s Springwells neighborhood

    Part of helping people thrive is making sure the neighborhoods where they live are thriving too. For the past 25 years, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives has focused on serving the people and places within a 1.4-square-mile-area of the Springwells neighborhood in Southwest Detroit.