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Habitat For HumanityCatch up with what Habitat for Humanity has been working on in Ypsilanti Township this past April - July, including property updates!

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CBS 62 Eye on Detroit: Habitat for Humanity

 

Community Development Activities in West Willow

We are still working with West Willow residents to determine how to best operate the Tool Lending Library. We have purchased tools through a grant from Lowe’s, and have recently received a $2500 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation to fund the organization and logistics of getting the Tool Lending Library off the ground. This funding would allow for the short-term employment of a resident to manage the tool-lending library and determine details
such as membership, fees, maintenance, etc.

On May 19 we participated in Ypsi Proud Day at the West Willow Community Resource Center with grounds clean-up and prepping the community garden.

On June 16, a kick-off party was held at the Community Resource Center to attract youth and families to learn more about the Youth Council as well as share information on other resources available to community members. There are 12 neighborhood youth that have expressed interested in being part of the Youth Council, and they are having a gathering time on July 19 to discuss goals and programming.

 

Sugarbrook

We were thrilled to be awarded a Small Catalytic Grant by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity International for $40,000 for our work in Sugarbrook! The goal of the grant is to integrate the Quality of Life Framework more into the community using it as a guide for neighborhood revitalization. Specific activities in the grant are below:

• Door-to-door Resident Surveying: Continuing survey efforts including funding for volunteer incentives
• Community Meeting: Thursday May 31 - info session with resources/other community partners followed by community conversation
• Neighborhood Ice Cream Social: Saturday June 23
• Sugarbrook Focus Groups: Getting input from different population groups (older adults, youth, renters, etc.)
• Neighborhood Beautification Days: Wednesday July 25 & Thursday July 26. Lowe’s volunteers will complete exterior beautification projects on Andrea and Lynn Streets. Dumpsters will be available for residents to use as well.
• Community Meeting: Fall 2018 - share out survey results, discussion, action team planning

We have been meeting with the Sugarbrook Steering Committee to plan the above activities as well as ideas for creating neighborhood signage, neighborhood t-shirts, and an online presence for the Sugarbrook community on the NextDoor site.

On Thursday May 31, we held a Sugarbrook Community Meeting at St. Mark Lutheran Church where approximately 30 residents and community partners came together to discuss what is going well in their neighborhood and areas for improvement. Community partners also hosted tables with information on resources available to residents.

On Friday June 15 we completed two Exterior Home Improvement projects in Sugarbrook with generous funding and volunteers from Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters volunteers will also be out on August 10 for another round of Exterior Home Improvement projects.

We continue our Door-to-door Resident Satisfaction Surveying, and have had several groups out lately. We have received 81 surveys todate with a goal of 187. Ceara Murtagh, our new Community Development Coordinator, is organizing additional surveying dates. Please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can join us for a three hour shift or if you know of any groups who would be interested. Surveyors will receive a $50 gift card for completing the three hour shift (up to three gift cards per person.) A short training will be provided for new surveyors. It’s a fun way to get to know residents and the neighborhood!

On Saturday, June 23 we had a very successful Ice Cream Social at the former Kettering Elementary School site. Approximately 150 people came by to have ice cream, play video games, ride the train, complete surveys, take part in our interactive art activity, get air-brushed tattoos, sit in the fire truck, and talk with friends and neighbors. Many people expressed how great it was to have an event at the school site.

 

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2018-08-31
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Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

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