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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UPCOMING Events

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

August

  CALLING ALL NEIGHBORS!  UNI will host a series of community sessions in July and August on what's next for the former Moose Lodge located at 2026 Lawndale.  SESSION 2 will be held on two dates in August to allow for several opportunities to attend:  Wednesday,  August 5th at 3 pm and 6 pm at Campbell Library, 8733 W. Vernor and on Saturday August 8th at 10 am at the Congress of Communities, 8638 W. Vernor. See you there!

 

CALLING ALL NEIGHBORS!  UNI will host a series of community sessions in July and August on what's next for the former Moose Lodge located at 2026 Lawndale.  SESSION 2 will be held on two dates in August to allow for several opportunities to attend:  Wednesday,  August 5th at 3 pm and 6 pm at Campbell Library, 8733 W. Vernor and on Saturday August 8th at 10 am at the Congress of Communities, 8638 W. Vernor. See you there!

 

 

Movie In The Park: August 7th at Springdale Park come join us to see HOME. Movie starts at 8:30 pm. It's FREE! Any questions please call Alicia McCormick at (313) 841-4447. 

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!!

Open House!!

Thursday August 20th, 3-8:00pm former Moose Lodge on 2026 Lawndale. Entertainment, food, project displays, & session report back

 

OCTOBER

UNI Annual Building Neighborhoods Event - Wednesday, October 14. 

Angels Night Safety Events - October 29-30.

UNI Annual Community Halloween Party - Date to be announced. 

DECEMBER

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. 

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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.