Detroit East-Side


With the support of the Ford Foundation and many institutional and community partners, we are working to improve critical infrastructure — housing, commercial real estate, landscape, streetscapes and recreation spaces — to help make this area an even better place to live, work, play and invest.




Building upon the success of the multiyear (2006-2012) Detroit Neighborhood Fund, the Community Foundation continues to support efforts to restore vitality to the historic communities of the city’s east side.

The partners working with the Community Foundation on a development strategy for Detroit’s east side include: the Detroit Land Bank Authority; Detroit Development Fund and Enterprise Community Partners; City of Detroit agencies; neighborhood-based groups, including Villages Community Development Corporation and the East Jefferson Corridor Collaborative. Together, we are supporting single and multifamily housing projects; neighborhood safety initiatives; improved streetscapes; trails and greenways; road improvements and bike lanes; and stronger community engagement.

Among the goals of these investments are: increased housing occupancy, property and market values; more businesses moving in to the neighborhood; a drop in crime and healthier landscape; strong community organizations; more investment in the neighborhood.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Tom Woiwode

GreenWays Initiative

313.961.6675, ext. 135