Grants Strengthen Detroit Nonprofits to Advance Affordable Homes and Sustainable, Equitable Neighborhoods


DETROIT – Dec. 12, 2018 – Nine Detroit nonprofits focused on the creation and preservation of affordable homes and building sustainable, equitable neighborhoods throughout the city have received a total of $280,000 in grants from Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) this funding round. Since March 2013, Enterprise has awarded a total of $1.7 million in grants to community development corporation (CDCs) in Detroit.

“The grants continue Enterprise’s commitment to closing the racial wealth gap and to creating and maintaining affordable homes,” said Melinda Clemons, senior director, Enterprise’s Detroit market. “Supporting these women- and minority-led community development corporations advances the work toward that crucial goal.”

The grants are made possible through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Capacity Building for Community Development (Section 4) program. Funding from this proven and effective program helps community development corporations (CDCs) improve their organizational structure, program delivery and production of affordable housing. Each dollar of a Section 4 grant must be matched with at least $3 in private funding from individuals, foundations or corporations.

Sherita Smith, executive director of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, noted the importance of the timing of the grant her CDC received. “Our community and organization have undergone significant change recently, and this provides support for a strategic planning process to enable growth in our services to the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods of northwest Detroit.”

Grants were awarded to:

  • Amandla Community Development Corporation for predevelopment of 160 new energy-efficient and green-built affordable homes for seniors, allowing residents to age in place and creating a sustainable community.
  • Develop Detroit, Inc., to advance their North End Revitalization Initiative, which includes the preservation and development of 25 single-family affordable homes and 126 affordable apartments, and to partner with The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network on The Detroit Food Commons, a mixed-use development that includes an incubator kitchen and community space. 
  • EcoWorks to assist owners of affordable multi-family buildings in implementing best practices in energy and water conversation, as well as building the organization’s capacity to advance racial equity through external programs and services.
  • Genesis HOPE to further its Healthy Community initiative, which promotes good health by adding and preserving affordable homes along transit corridors, expanding health programming, improving current facilities, and eventually hosting a year-around health food marketplace.
  • Grace Guild of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Community Development Corporation (SGGCDC) to expand its Aging in Place: Rooted in Community program so it includes a focus on workforce development and employment opportunities for older adults.
  • Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation to support leadership transition and to update its strategic plan, as well as grow capacity to deliver services such as affordable housing programs, foreclosure prevention outreach, and small business and entrepreneurial training.
  • Jefferson East, Inc., to advance three mixed-income, mixed-use redevelopment projects along Detroit’s East Jefferson Corridor, to develop green parking lots incorporating stormwater management, and to support foreclosure prevention and no-interest home repair loans.
  • United Community Housing Coalition to support housing stability for low-income seniors through the work of the Senior Housing Preservation – Detroit coalition, including providing tax-foreclosure assistance to 300 seniors and creating an annual health and housing assessment to measure sustained homes and health outcomes of 100 seniors.
  • Vanguard Community Development Corporation to support its Housing Development Program, to complete its Melrose Square Preservation and HomeBuild Acquisition/Rehabilitation projects, and to advance its North End Landing development projects, which includes green infrastructure work.

“We are excited about this new funding,” said Katrina McCree, director of government & community affairs, Sinai-Grace Detroit Medical Center. “This is an important moment for the Sinai-Grace Guild CDC, and with Enterprise’s partnership and support, together we can transform Northwest Detroit.”

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