Community & Economic Development

What We Do

Detroit Future City’s Community & Economic Development department combines original research, cross-sector collaboration, technical assistance, and policy development to foster a more equitable and sustainable city. Currently, we serve as the backbone organization for the Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact, a collaborative of industry and community leaders working collectively to improve housing quality and affordability in Detroit neighborhoods, for both renters and homeowners. We also promote innovative strategies for equitable redevelopment of Detroit’s aging industrial districts to attract good-paying jobs that are accessible to Detroiters, while promoting a healthier environment for nearby residents.

We also recently developed two new tools “A Detroit Homebuyer’s Guide to Overcoming Mortgage Application Obstacles” and “Detroit Mortgage Catalog” designed to help Detroiters navigate homebuying processes and provide guidance to housing counselors to support homebuyers.

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How to Engage:

Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact

The Compact brings together a diverse group of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders to focus on improving the state of single-family housing in Detroit neighborhoods. Through monthly working group meetings, open to anyone who shares a passion for equitable housing solutions, the Compact is working to make housing more affordable for low- and moderate-income Detroiters, while also ensuring that stable and healthy housing is available for all.

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Upcoming Events:

Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact Work Groups

Our Rental Work Group meets from 9:00am to 10:30am and our Homeownership Work Group meets from 10:45am to 12:15pm via ZOOM on the third Tuesday of each month.

Click here to find out how to join these meetings.

Explore Our Research and Tools

Recent reports and tools include a study of housing renovation programs implemented by community-based developers, a brief look at quality and affordability issues in Detroit’s rental housing market, an analysis of equitable industrial development opportunities in Southwest Detroit, and homebuying guidance. Explore these reports and much more on our Resources page.
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Featured Report

Produced in collaboration with the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) and the Detroit Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), “Exploring Opportunities for Equitable Development in a Southwest Detroit Industrial District” is DFC’s latest examination of strategies for the adaptive reuse of vacant industrial property in Detroit.
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We’d like to know what you think. Let us know how we can work together to advance equitable community development in Detroit.
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