Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation which works with communities in urban neighborhoods to build safe and thriving environments where people want to live, work, and play.
We believe every neighborhood should be a healthy and safe space to live. To maximize impact, we concentrate on one neighborhood at a time to develop a plan which meets the needs of that community.
UNI is based in the Springwells area of Southwest Detroit, a 1.3 square mile neighborhood bounded by Fort, Dix and Waterman Streets.
When UNI was formed in 1997, the Springwells neighborhood suffered from gang activity, drug use, and prostitution and had few positive opportunities for youth.
UNI was created to revitalize an empty church building into a center for neighborhood development and activities; an effort undertaken over a decade in cooperation with the All Saints Catholic Parish (the initiating body), community residents, businesses and collaborating agencies as well the support of area foundations and individual donors. The resulting All Saints Neighborhood Center (ASNC) has since evolved into a well-known hub for neighborhood development and activities and has served as a springboard for a broad schedule of adult and youth programs, blight reduction, place-making and physical revitalization.
While completing the All Saints Neighborhood Center, UNI developed Springdale Green. Prior to being developed by UNI, the land was eight vacant lots and has been transformed into a space for residents of all ages to relax and play.