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Our work to build stronger, more sustainable communities is guided by a larger vision of community development. Since 1990, we have invested more than $200 million in Detroit's neighborhoods to create good places to live, do business, and play. The key to our success has been our expanded vision of community development.
The projects we invest in are creating jobs, making communities safer, providing new educational opportunities, and helping families enter the economic mainstream of American life. They are creating new hope in neighborhoods where hope and opportunities have been in short supply for far too long.
Native Detroiter Anetha Walker’s story is one of courage, tenacity and fortitude in the face of adversity. Several years ago she was laid off from a school where she served as the Director of Student Services. Walker found similar positions, but most required a Master's degree. While pursuing a degree was not a viable option, charting a new career path was definitely an achievable goal.
In Detroit, Milwaukee Junction serves as the pilot district for the LISC economic development districting strategy. LISC will be announcing a placemaking grant to Vanguard to help jump start the development of “Black Bottom Park”.
Citi Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation recently announced the funding, through LISC's Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative, which helps unemployed and underemployed Detroiters. The funding is part of a $10 million, three-year national effort by Citi Foundation and LISC to expand the initiative. More than 600 Detroiters are expected to benefit from the local funding.
The Citi Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) today announced new funding through the Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative (Bridges) to help connect unemployed and underemployed Detroiters to good jobs in growth industries.