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. 


Congratulations to our DNR Youth Apprentices who took First Place at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - Youth Leadership Social Justice Competition conducted at Michigan State University. We are incredibly proud of their performance at this public speaking competition featuring students from across Michigan. Way to go!!!


Head Start Returns to the All Saints Neighborhood Center!!!  Free Full Day Head Start will be made available to income eligible families living in zip codes 48206, 48208 and 48209 for children ages 3-5. To apply or for more information please contact Southwest Solutions at 313.596.4766.


Detroit Partnership Day - March 28


Global Youth Service Days - April 17-19


Motor City Makeover - Date to be announced.


Neighborhood Beautification Day sponsored by Southwest Solutions - Date to be announced.


ELCA Youth Service Days - July 16-18


ARISE DETROIT Neighborhoods Day - August 15


UNI Building Neighborhoods Breakfast - Date to be announced. 

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

Click here 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.