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)