THINGS TO CELEBRATE
- Quality options for higher education
- Access to quality health care
THINGS TO IMPROVE
- Local economy and job opportunities
- Cost of water service
- Many residents lack access to personal transportation.
- Housing in Flint is more affordable than in neighboring communities.
In the 1950s, Flint offered many residents a standard of living that few other communities could match. But the subsequent decline in manufacturing in the city led to decades of job losses. Today, approximately 41 percent of households in Flint live at or below the federal poverty level and struggle to meet such basic needs as housing, food and health care.
The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Flint’s Economic Development Team are working with state and local partners to help reboot Flint’s economy and create more job opportunities. In addition to job-training programs, there are efforts underway to help residents start their own businesses. Until more of these efforts take hold, local nonprofits, such as the United Way of Genesee County and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, are doing more to help Flint residents meet their basic needs.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since 2017, the Adult Career Pathway program at Mott Community College has helped more than 900 people prepare for, get hired and advance in the fields of manufacturing, health care, human services and information technology. The program provides supportive services to help participants keep their education on track and pursue careers that can raise their standard of living.
CONTACT: Mott Community College, Office of Workforce Development, 810-232-2555