Tackling issues: Building strategic economic mobility initiatives in Detroit

From navigating the best ways to address homeless encampments to assessing home repair needs and reducing disparities in internet access, economic mobility policy fellows are taking on some of the City of Detroit’s most-pressing issues.

The City of Detroit and the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative created a unique fellowship program that embeds fellows in city departments to focus on strategic economic mobility initiatives city staff may not otherwise have the capacity to address. The fellows have the benefit of research support and access to experts at U-M to guide their work.

So far, the partnership has resulted in three two-year fellowships focused on affordable housing, digital inclusion, and homelessness. The fellows work full-time at Detroit’s Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

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