The survey asked organizations if they had developed any new strategies that were innovative. New partnerships were frequently listed as the force behind innovation.
Safety: We hire secondary employment police officers to patrol off hours to be a visible presence in the community. They wear uniform and are in patrol cars. We aren’t at the point where we are using comstat, but that’s a goal.
Districts for Community Security: We’re helping the City create an ordinance that allows neighborhoods to institute Special Assessment Districts in their areas to provide funding for community security initiatives. If passed, it will be the first effort like this in the state. It is similar to the Business Improvement Districts in SW Detroit, but focused on residential areas.
Reaching People: Our organization is creating remote intake centers to lessen the transportation burden on clients who are in need of our services.
Cross-Sector Partnership to Renovate Foreclosed Homes: To address housing challenges, we joined a partnership called Restoration Works with the Ingham County Land Bank and Lansing Community College around renovation of two tax foreclosed homes by LCC construction students. The houses serve as education and demonstration sites, offering inspiration and instruction to residents interested in home improvement. In addition, a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity will provide facade improvement assistance to income qualified home owners in targeted neighborhoods.
Small Business Lending: We offer SBA 7A Community Advantage Loans, which is a SBA pilot loan program to meet the credit, management and technical assistance needs of small businesses in underserved markets.
Earned Income Funding: We are developing a spin-off company to earn money for our nonprofit agency.