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How We Started


Nine hundred residents shared their views through telephone and online opinion surveys conducted in the first half of 2019. Key findings are summarized, including ratings for different aspects of life in Flint. Ratings are based on a scale of one to five, in which five means “very positive” and one means “very negative.” For more information about how the ratings were calculated, see Methodology.


This section highlights survey results regarding what’s working and what needs improvement. If a section of Focus on Flint does not include information about Things to Celebrate or Things to Improve, it’s because the survey didn’t yield responses to fit the categories.


In addition to results of the opinion survey, Focus on Flint shares information that local nonprofit organizations and agencies have reported hearing from the residents they serve.


Support for the organizations and programs presented in bold text includes funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which produced this report. To learn more, visit the Foundation’s website,


Each section includes data and statistics that illuminate strengths of the Flint community and highlight challenges. These facts were collected through opinion surveys of Flint residents; from city, state and federal agencies; and from local nonprofit organizations. The Flint surveys were conducted in the first half of 2019. Unless otherwise noted, all remaining data are from 2018.


This section highlights organizations and programs working to address issues in the Flint community and provides information about how to connect with them.


Focus on Flint explores nine important issues facing the local community: Arts and Culture, Economy, Education, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Quality of Life, Standard of Living and Water. This section describes why each issue is critical to the community and summarizes work underway.

The Focus on Flint initiative launched in 2019. We began by surveying 900 residents, and we also gathered data published by credible sources.

We used that information to publish a report that provided a realistic picture of Flint’s challenges and opportunities, as well as how residents felt about life in our community. Residents shared their views about quality of life, challenges facing the community, whom they trust and more.

The report was mailed to every address in the city of Flint in the hopes that it could serve as a springboard for community conversations.

In the fall of 2019, the Mott Foundation hosted 30 such conversations throughout the city of Flint. We heard from more than 400 residents and business owners who gave their priorities for making Flint a better place to live, learn, work and play.

We shared what we learned from those conversations at a Nov. 9 forum. If you were unable to attend, you can view the presentation here.

Based on what we heard from Flint community members their top priorities for the city were clear.

Mott staff started digging deeper into those top priorities and will continue to do so.

Read more about how we are learning more about strengthening neighborhoods and education in Flint.

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