New Flint MI mayor announces $1.4 million in grants to boost neighborhood vibrance

The city of Flint. Michigan announced Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 that it will use more than $1 million in grants from the Ruth Mott Foundation to help improve the quality of life for north Flint residents.

Thanks to two grants from the foundation totaling $1,407,107, the city will implement new methods to combat crime and improve the look of the area in two plans called North End Community Crime Strategy and Imagine Flint Neighborhood Planning Initiative.

Historically, this area has seen neighborhoods fractured from the loss of businesses and jobs from manufacturing, increases in crime and the abandonment of much of the housing stock,” said Mayor Karen Weaver, who took office Nov. 9.

The city also received $320,000 for the Imagine Flint Neighborhood Planning Initiative, which received an excellence in planning award from the Michigan Association of Planners, the city announced Monday.

It is designed to help neighborhoods create strategies to address degradation and restore vibrancy – all part of city’s master plan.

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