Bank of America grant helps shape Focus: HOPE neighborhood

A Bank of America grant is helping shape the neighborhoods around Focus: HOPE’s campus on Oakman Boulevard. The $50,000 grant will help support a range of community revitalization efforts coordinated through the organization’s HOPE Village Initiative.

“Our goal is that within the next 20 years, we can completely transform the neighborhood around our campus so that all residents will be educationally well prepared, economically self-sufficient and living in a safe and supportive environment,” said Debbie Fisher, director of the HOPE Village Initiative. “Support from Bank of America will move us closer to that goal.”

According to Bank of America, Michigan Market President, Matt Elliott; “Bank of America is proud to partner with organizations such as Focus: HOPE to provide opportunities for success to individuals in our local community. This year Bank of America nationally committed more than $22 million in Workforce Development and Education efforts grants to helping individuals obtain the education and training they need to contribute to economic growth in Detroit, and across the country.”

Among the efforts the grant will support include:

 

  • Neighborhood revitalization, including the planning of streetscapes and housing revitalization strategies. These efforts will align with the Detroit Future City short and long term visioning for the neighborhood.
  • Economic revitalization, supporting entrepreneur training and systematic efforts to connect neighborhood residents to jobs.
  • Community connections, focusing on engaging residents in combating blight and addressing neighborhood safety issues. Activities include Town Halls, block club association support and empowerment, and a new faith-based roundtable.

 

Since launching the initiative in 2010, Focus: HOPE has helped area residents access early learning programs for children, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workshops for youths, and job search skills and entrepreneur workshops for adults. The HOPE Village Initiative programs also include community arts programming, financial literacy workshops, and a wide range of community building activities. Over $25 million of investment has been attracted into the Focus: HOPE neighborhood in the last six years.