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Where We Are Now


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.



Throughout the Focus on Flint initiative, residents and community members clearly told us that their top priorities were neighborhoods, safety, economic development and education. The Mott Foundation continues to receive feedback from the Flint community, which helps guide our local grantmaking. Below you will find the most recent Focus on Flint updates and more information on how to stay involved.

If you have any questions, please email or call 810-237-4888. Thank you again for your input and interest as we all Focus on Flint!


Teachers at all Flint-based schools were invited to participate in community conversations held in-person on Sept. 9 and virtually on Oct. 5. Approximately 50 local educators shared their feedback and perspectives about education in Flint.

Neighborhood Engagement Hub hosts second citywide cleanup

The Neighborhood Engagement Hub is hosting its second citywide cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 18. You can view cleanup sites and sign up to volunteer at Genesee Serves.

During the cleanup, neighborhood groups and individual residents will be completing projects on more than 20 sites throughout the city’s nine wards.

The two citywide cleanups, the first of which took place in May, are supported through a grant from the Mott Foundation, awarded through the Foundation’s Focus on Flint initiative. Mott granted $82,147 to the Neighborhood Engagement Hub to coordinate the cleanups after asking residents to vote on how to allocate $1 million in grants to strengthen neighborhoods.

Home renovation projects underway through the Flint Home Improvement Fund

The Flint Home Improvement Fund, launched in February 2021, generated a lot of interest among Flint residents. More than 200 applications have been submitted. A total of 14 home improvement projects are currently underway in eight of the city’s nine wards, and four projects are complete. Another six projects will be underway shortly.

So far, projects have included: new roofing, gutters, windows and garage doors; porch rebuilds; kitchen cabinets and countertops; bathroom remodeling; drywall work; and central air conditioning repairs.

Many of the applications are still being reviewed, and new applications are not being accepted at this time. If you have questions, visit or call Habitat at 810-766-9089, ext. 214.

Blight elimination work underway

The Genesee County Land Bank Authority has begun demolition of 37 blighted houses throughout the city of Flint. The work is funded, in part, by a $448,029 grant from the Mott Foundation that was awarded as part of our Focus on Flint Initiative.

Mott announced in 2020 that we would fully fund seven neighborhood projects and partially fund an eighth project based on how residents voted to allocate $1 million in grant funds to strengthen Flint neighborhoods. The grant to the Land Bank will fund three of the top eight projects residents said they wanted to see happen, including their top priority of tearing down vacant houses that are beyond repair.

The demolition projects, which will take place in all of the city’s nine wards, should be fully completed this summer.


Learn more about what the Mott Foundation is working on in regards to two topics residents said were among their top concerns: strengthening neighborhoods and education.

A lo largo de la iniciativa Focus on Flint, los residentes y miembros de la comunidad nos dijeron claramente que sus principales prioridades eran los vecindarios, la seguridad, el desarrollo económico y la educación. Mott Foundation continúa recibiendo comentarios de la comunidad de Flint, lo que ayuda a guiar nuestra concesión de subvenciones local. A continuación, encontrará las actualizaciones más recientes de Focus on Flint y más información sobre cómo participar.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a o llame al 810-237-4888. ¡Gracias nuevamente por su interés y aporte ya que todos nos enfocamos en Flint!


Los maestros de todas las escuelas con sede en Flint fueron invitados a participar en conversaciones comunitarias que se llevaron a cabo en persona el 9 de septiembre y virtualmente el 5 de octubre. Aproximadamente cincuenta educadores locales compartieron sus comentarios y perspectivas sobre la educación en Flint.

Neighborhood Engagement Hub organiza la segunda limpieza en toda la ciudad

Neighborhood Engagement Hub realizará su segunda limpieza en toda la ciudad el sábado 18 de septiembre. Puede ver los sitios de limpieza e inscribirse para ser voluntario en Genesee Serves.

Durante la limpieza, grupos de vecinos y residentes individuales completarán proyectos en más de 20 sitios en los nueve distritos de la ciudad.

Las dos limpiezas en toda la ciudad, la primera de las cuales tuvo lugar en mayo, se financian mediante una subvención del Mott Foundation, otorgado a través de la iniciativa Focus on Flint de la Fundación. Mott otorgó $ 82,147 al Neighborhood Engagement Hub para coordinar las limpiezas después de pedir a los residentes que votaran sobre cómo asignar $ 1 millón en subvenciones para fortalecer los vecindarios.

Proyectos de renovación de viviendas en curso a través del Flint Home Improvement Fund

El Flint Home Improvement Fund, lanzado en febrero de 2021, generó mucho interés entre los residentes de Flint. Se han presentado más de 200 solicitudes. Actualmente se están llevando a cabo un total de 14 proyectos de mejoras para el hogar en ocho de los nueve distritos de la ciudad, y cuatro proyectos están terminados. En breve se pondrán en marcha otros seis proyectos.

Hasta ahora, los proyectos han incluido: nuevos techos, canaletas, ventanas y puertas de garaje; reconstrucciones del porche; gabinetes y encimeras de cocina; remodelación de baños; trabajo con paneles de yeso; y reparaciones de aire acondicionado central.

Muchas de las solicitudes aún se están revisando y no se aceptan nuevas solicitudes en este momento. Si tiene preguntas, visite o llame a Habitat al 810-766-9089, ext. 214.


Obtenga más información sobre en qué está trabajando Mott Foundation con respecto a dos temas que, según los residentes, eran sus principales preocupaciones: fortalecer los vecindarios y la educación.

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