Urban Neighborhood Initiatives works with communities in urban neighborhoods to build safe and thriving environments where people want to live, work, and play.

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Unless otherwise noted please contact UNI at 313.451.8380 for more information.


CASH MOB:  This month's Cash Mob which helps to support local businesses will take place on Wednesday, August 19th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Dino's Cafe located at 1601 Waterman.  3 Rules for Cash Mob: Bring and Spend Cash. Meet new People. Have Fun. See you there!!



In July and August we hosted a series of community sessions about what's in store for the former Moose Lodge at 2026   Lawndale.  Join us on Thursday August 20th from 3 - 8 pm at the Moose Lodge site for Music, Food, Project Displays & Building Tours. See you there!



Back by popular demand join us on Wednesday, August 26th from 5:30-6:30 pm for our next Walking Tour of a collection of murals installed by the UNI Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project (see article at right for more details on the Project). Tour will leave from 1832 Springwells.  Event is FREE but space is LIMITED.  For more information or to RSVP please call 313.451.8380 or email adiaz@unidetroit.org




UNI Annual Building Neighborhoods Event - Wednesday, October 14 at 8 am. 

Angels Night Safety Events - October 29-30.

UNI Annual Community Halloween Party - Date to be announced. 


UNI Annual Community Christmas Party - Date to be announced. 

UNI at a glance

2014 In Review

Executive Director Dennis Nordmoe's  look-back on UNI in 2014 can be  found here.


Lights, Camera, Action!!!

Click below to view our most recent video, produced by Detroit based multimedia firm, The Right Brothers.

Click below to view a WXYZ TV-Channel 7 feature on Southwest Rides, southwest Detroit's only full service bike shop and a UNI affiliate.

Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project

Since 2007, our Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project  (SUAMP) has been a creative conduit for youth, under professional mentors, to create one of Detroit’s densest collections of public murals. The art work is largely commissioned by area residents and business owners. Participants work with trained professional artists from the College for Creative Studies - Community Arts Partnerships and are at the forefront of their community’s place-making and neighborhood development efforts. Take a look HERE to see how Culture Source, one of southeast Michigan's leading arts advocacy groups highlighted SUAMP to demonstrate the ties between creative expression and neighborhood empowerment. 


Our Passion

To make urban neighborhoods vital, healthy environments that strengthen individuals and support families.

Our Vision

We are inspired by a vision of community where people have hope, education is valued, families are strong, and opportunities abound.

Our Strategy

We target critical neighborhood needs often in collaboration with other area agencies making significant community investments, block clubs and educational and youth serving groups targeting the Springwells Village area. Accordingly, UNI addresses programmatic gaps to support a sustainable, vital community. Within the Springwells Village community, UNI has the following programmatic goals:

  • Economic development through the creation of public assets, workforce development and enhancing the visibility of the community. 
  • Beautification through public art, green projects and community clean up. 
  • Fostering a culture which promotes education from early childhood through adulthood.
  • Enhancing housing through home upgrades and blight elimination.
  • Improving long term community safety.
  • Facilitating the growth of strong community based leadership among adults and youth. 
  • Improving health and well being through lifestyle services and community dialog.