Strategic Plan 2022

Approved by a unanimous vote of the board of directors on February 23, 2022

Our Mission

The Villages CDC supports and advocates for the development of inclusive places and neighborhoods within The Villages.

Our Vision

The Villages will be known and respected throughout Detroit as the model for flourishing, integrated neighborhoods, known especially for their diversity, authenticity, and resourcefulness.

Our Values

Inclusion, Diversity, Sustainability, Equity, Community Involvement

Who We Serve

Residents, neighborhood associations, and businesses within the footprint stretching from Mount Elliott Avenue in the west to St. Jean Street in the east, from Mack Avenue in the north going all the way down to the Detroit River. The Villages district consists of nearly 14,000 Detroiters.

Our Programs and Services

The Villages CDC accomplishes its mission by convening a variety of stakeholders, including residents and businesses, to execute projects within the following areas:

Events & Engagement

Housing

Infrastructure

Small Business

Our Goals for 2022

Events & Engagement

Promote strong cross neighborhood connections through four events.

  • Spring cleanup (Motor City Makeover) (May 2022)

  • Fall Butzel Block party along Kercheval (Sept 2022)

  • Fall Fundraiser (Oct 2022)

  • Holiday Party (Dec 2022)

Support neighborhood associations through monetary and technical assistance donations.

  • Spend $500 on event co-sponsorship (Dec 2022)

  • Share out events in newsletter and on website calendar (Dec 2022)

  • Implement board ambassador program where board members attend neighborhood association meetings and talk about VCDC (June 2022)

Engage 1000 neighbors through bi-weekly newsletter and virtual listening sessions.

  • Host 3 virtual listening sessions with surveys (Oct 2022)

  • Increase newsletter emailing list to 800 (Dec 2022)

Housing

Complete Minor Repair Pilot. 

  • Finishing the first cohort of 10 households (March 2022)

  • Synthesize learnings from the first phase including work flow and documentation improvements and assessing performance (April 2022)

  • Highlight the accomplishments of the program via engagement strategies (April 2022)

  • Come up with estimates about the universe of need for housing repairs (July 2022)

Complete Major Repair Pilot. 

  • Hire staff to manage program (April 2022)

  • With 1 household, coordinate unrestricted funds with dedicated program resources such as weatherization, lead abatement, plumbing assistance, City of Detroit programs to create greater impact (July 2022)

Begin Keep It In The Family Program.

  • Make new round of initial phase publicly available to another ten households (September 2022)

  • Advocate for greater collaborative funding (December 2022)

Work collaboratively with other housing-focused organizations, particularly on the East Side.

  • Host a virtual convening of Jefferson East, Inc., Genesis HOPE, Church of the Messiah Housing, MACC Development to share out best practices (June 2022)

  • Develop a coordination strategy that maximizes the housing assistance that our residents can receive (September 2022)

Infrastructure

Support neighborhood association infrastructure goals, up to 14. 

  • Distribute Infrastructure Guide to neighborhood orgs (April 2022)

  • Have neighborhood associations make two selections from the guide. (June 2022)

  • Create a work plan to help neighborhood orgs accomplish their infrastructure goals. (Dec 2022)

Increase neighborhood awareness of water quality.

  • Encourage 50 houses to test water for lead through EGLE. (Dec 2022)

Advocate for DTE policy changes at the state level.

  • Join a Detroit group of community organizations to oppose rate increases via the Michigan Public Utilities Commission. (May 2022)

  • Promote community-owned solar installations. (Dec 2022)

Implement traffic calming measures in the neighborhood. 

  • Fight for implementation of truck route policy city-wide (Dec 2022)

  • Install demonstration infrastructure to slow traffic (Dec 2022)

  • Advocate for conversion of one way streets to two way streets (Dec 2022)

Small Business

Facade improvement program

  • Create proposal to fund program (June 2022)

  • Select three sites in the Villages (September 2022)

  • Complete repairs (December 2022)

Liaise with small businesses in district

  • Collaborate with existing organizations, such as West Village business association, Jefferson East, Inc., Hatch Detroit (Ongoing)

  • Conduct a survey to see what the most pressing needs of businesses are (May 2022)

Connect with Motor City Match

  • Come up with inventory of vacant spaces in Villages to market to potential tenants and entrepreneurs, and post on website and social media (October 2022)

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

Published December 18, 2020

At The Villages Community Development Corporation, we believe in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. More specifically, we believe in the variety of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, experiences, and people's inclusion regardless of their race, color, sex, language, national origin, religion, identity, or age. Our goal is to make all the Villages — East Village, Gold Coast, North Village, Islandview, Joseph Berry Subdivision, West Village, and Indian Village — a great place to live, work, and recreate. In addition to supporting the principles of diversity and inclusion, the Villages Community Development Corporation is on a journey to be an anti-racism organization.

Our anti-racism statement is as follows:

The Villages Community Development Corporation (VCDC) is an anti-racism organization. VCDC defines being an anti-racism organization, both externally and internally.

While we acknowledge that this project will require all neighbors' cooperation, we must first purposefully identify, discuss, and confront issues of race and the impact they have on the organization, its systems, and our community. We will also challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover within VCDC and better understand ourselves during this purposeful process. Being an anti-racism organization is a journey we will take with our neighbors throughout the Villages, and it is the learning along the way that makes this work worth all of our efforts.

Second, we are working to create an environment in the Villages where all residents and visitors, regardless of race or skin color, know they are valued. We acknowledge that racism can be unconscious or unintentional and some of our past actions could have been racist. Although VCDC may not have intended to carry racist beliefs or motivations, we are aware that without fully embracing and addressing underlying racial issues mistakes may have been made. Identifying discrimination as an issue does not automatically mean those involved are themselves racist or intended to impact others negatively. We also acknowledge that this project will require the cooperation of all neighbors, businesses, community organizations, and other stakeholders.

Understanding this, our goal is to create and maintain an environment where our community feels safe to discuss race and its importance on our organization and our lives as neighbors. VCDC will continue to discuss and deepen our understanding of race and racism purposefully. As part of this journey, VCDC will also hold regular dialogue with and listen to community members to achieve an equitable standard of community transformation.

We are deeply committed to purposefully studying and confronting the impacts of race and racism throughout our organization and our community. This work can be uncomfortable and even painful to some, but we have found that the most significant challenges bear the greatest rewards.