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FLINT RESIDENTS SHARE IDEAS

OVERALL RATING

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.

THINGS TO CELEBRATE/
THINGS TO IMPROVE

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.

ALSO HEARD

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 FROM MOTT

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, Mott.org.

FACTS & FIGURES

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

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

THE ISSUE AND THE RESPONSE

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.

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Flint residents share ideas on how to strengthen their neighborhoods

During the Focus on Flint community engagement sessions we heard from more than 400 Flint residents and business owners. You told us, loud and clear, that your top priority was a focus on neighborhoods.

In 2019, the Mott Foundation announced that we would grant $1 million in 2020 to strengthen Flint’s neighborhoods — and that we would ask community members to share ideas and vote on where the money should go. Later this year, Flint residents will have the opportunity to vote on specific neighborhood improvement projects.

Based on concerns shared during the community conversations, we asked for project ideas in four categories — beautification / neighborhood cleanup; home improvements; demolition; and streetlight and sidewalk repair. More than 440 people — the majority of whom identified themselves as Flint residents — submitted a total of 625 ideas.

Learn more about those ideas below, and stay up to date on the whole Focus on Flint process by visiting focusonflint.org/updates.


Below is a broad summary of what we heard from residents across all four idea categories:

Beautification / neighborhood cleanup
  • Expand existing neighborhood beautification and cleanup programs, such as Clean and Green, Love Your Block and Keep Genesee County Beautiful.
  • Place dumpsters throughout the city during designated times of the year (e.g., spring cleaning and fall winterizing).
  • Recruit residents to assist seniors and people with limited mobility with basic yard and property maintenance.
  • Install park benches, trash bins and concrete pads at MTA bus stops.
  • Remove dead and dangerous trees.
  • Build upon the Blight Elimination Task Force.
  • Plan a citywide cleanup.
  • Develop a façade improvement fund for businesses.
  • Provide neighborhood groups and block clubs directly with funds for cleanups.
  • Increase opportunities for neighbors to interact with each other.
  • Address dumping in the city and along the highways.
  • Clean up parks across the city.

Many of the ideas in this category focused on cleanup efforts that reduce trash and debris, maintain lawns and add amenities in neighborhoods, such as trash bins, benches and signage that identifies specific neighborhoods or landmarks.

Home improvements
  • Develop a loan or grant fund for home repairs based on income.
  • Offer an urban loan fund or grants for home repairs and upgrades.
  • Provide matching funds for home repairs.
  • Develop a façade improvement fund for homes.
  • Offer a home repair program for seniors who want to stay in their homes but are unable to do minor repairs themselves.
  • Design a home repair series of workshops and trainings for homeowners.

Several residents talked about the need for a home repair fund that is not based on the state equalized value (SEV), as this has been a significant barrier for residents seeking loans because of current housing prices. Roof and porch repairs for homes were mentioned most frequently.

Demolition
  • Develop a comprehensive demolition strategy for the city.
  • Demolish houses and commercial buildings that are beyond repair.
  • Identify houses that can still be rehabbed.
  • Board up homes awaiting demolition or rehabilitation.
  • Begin demolitions near active community hubs (e.g., schools, churches, senior centers, community centers, etc.) and/or neighborhoods with high owner-occupied rates.
  • Consider training and hiring hard-to-employ populations for demolition and rehabilitation programs.

Many residents submitted specific addresses of homes and other buildings that need to be demolished.

Streetlight and sidewalk repair
  • Replace/repair sidewalks in key areas, such as near schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.
  • Replace/repair sidewalks in areas with a high percentage of seniors and young families.
  • Install LED streetlights throughout the city.
  • Offer matching funds to residents for sidewalk repairs.

As with the demolition category, many residents shared specific addresses and neighborhoods that are in need of streetlight and sidewalk repair.

LOS RESIDENTES DE FLINT COMPARTEN IDEAS SOBRE CÓMO FORTALECER SUS BARRIOS

Durante las sesiones de participación comunitaria de Focus on Flint, escuchamos a más de 400 residentes y dueños de negocios de Flint. Nos dijeron, alto y claro, que su prioridad principal era mejorar los vecindarios.

En 2019, la Fundación Mott anunció que otorgarían $1 millón en 2020 para fortalecer los vecindarios de Flint, y que pediríamos a los miembros de la comunidad que compartieran ideas y votarán sobre dónde se usaría el dinero.

Basado en las preocupaciones compartidas durante las conversaciones comunitarias, solicitamos ideas en cuatro categorías — embellecimiento / limpieza del vecindario; mejoramiento de vivienda; demolición; y reparación de farolas y aceras. Más de 440–personas, la mayoría de las cuales se identificaron como residentes de Flint, presentaron un total de 625–ideas.

Puede mantenerse actualizado sobre todo el proceso de Focus on Flint visitando focusonflint.org/updates.


A continuación se muestra un amplio resumen de lo que escuchamos de los residentes en las cuatro categorías:

Embellecimiento / limpieza del vecindario
  • Ampliar los programas existentes de embellecimiento y limpieza del vecindario, como Clean and Green, Love Your Block y Keep Genesee County Beautiful.
  • Colocar los basureros por toda la ciudad durante las épocas designadas del año (por ejemplo, limpieza de primavera e invierno de otoño).
  • Recrutar residentes para ayudar a personas mayores y personas con movilidad limitada con mantenimiento básico de jardines y propiedades.
  • Instalar bancos de parque, contenedores de basura y plataformas de concreto en las paradas de autobús de MTA.
  • Eliminar árboles muertos y peligrosos.
  • Construir sobre la Fuerza de Tarea de Eliminación de Plaga.
  • Planifiqar una limpieza en toda la ciudad.
  • Desarrollar un fondo para mejorar la fachada de empresas.
  • Proveer le fondos para limpiezas directamente a los grupos de vecindarios y clubes de bloques.
  • Aumentar las oportunidades para que los vecinos interactúen entre sí mismos.
  • Abordar el vertido en la ciudad y en las carreteras.
  • Limpiar parques en toda la ciudad.

Muchas de las ideas en esta categoría se centraron en los esfuerzos de limpieza que reducen la basura y los escombros, mantienen el césped y agregan servicios en los vecindarios, como contenedores de basura, bancos y letreros que identifican vecindarios o puntos de referencia específicos.

Mejoramiento del Hogar
  • Desarrollar un préstamo o fondo de subvención para reparaciones del hogar a base de ingreso.
  • Ofrecer un fondo de préstamos urbanos o subvenciones para reparaciones y mejoramento del hogar.
  • Proporcionar fondos equivalentes para reparaciones del hogar.
  • Desarrollar un fondo para mejorar la fachada viviendas.
  • Ofrecer un programa de reparación de viviendas para personas mayores que desean permanecer en sus hogares pero que no pueden realizar reparaciones menores.
  • Diseñar una serie de talleres de reparación de viviendas y capacitaciones para propietarios de viviendas.

Varios residentes hablaron sobre la necesidad de un fondo de reparación de viviendas que no se base en el valor igualado estatal (VIE), porque esto ha sido una barrera significantiva para los residentes que buscan préstamos debido a los precios actuales de la vivienda. Las reparaciones de techos y porches para viviendas se mencionaron con mayor frecuencia.

Demolición
  • Desarrollar una estrategia integral de demolición para la ciudad.
  • Demoler casas y edificios comerciales que no se pueden reparar.
  • Identificar casas que aún puedan rehabilitarse.
  • Entablar las casas en espera de demolición o rehabilitación.
  • Comenzar las demoliciones cerca de centros comunitarios activos (por ejemplo, escuelas, iglesias, centros para personas mayores, centros comunitarios, etc.) y / o vecindarios con altas tasas de ocupación por parte del propietario.
  • Considerar la capacitación y la contratación de poblaciones difíciles de emplear para programas de demolición y rehabilitación.

Muchos residentes presentaron domicilios específicos de casas y otros edificios que necesitan ser demolidos.

Reparación de farolas y aceras
  • Reemplazar / reparar aceras en áreas clave, como cerca de escuelas, centros comunitarios, centros para personas mayores, etc.
  • Reemplazar / reparar aceras en áreas con un alto porcentaje de personas mayores y familias jóvenes.
  • Instalar farolas LED en toda la ciudad.
  • Ofrecer fondos equivalentes a los residentes para reparaciones de las aceras.

Al igual que con la categoría de demolición, muchos residentes compartieron domicilios y vecindarios específicos que necesitan reparación de farolas o aceras.

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