The Participants

After gathering community feedback and refining their Big Ideas during the concept stage, the participants are onto the next step: developing a plan for implementation. Below, you can check out the 19 teams, and the working titles for their Big Ideas, that were selected to apply to the planning stage! Learn more about the complete Challenge process here.


Lead: Detroit Greenways Coalition
Collaborating: The Greenway Guy; Impact Detroit

Bike financing & support program designed for commuters to improve their overall health and reduce transportation costs.

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Black Worker Center – Detroit

Lead: National Black Worker Center

Establish and incubate a Black Worker Center in Detroit, which aims to close the wealth gap, increase the median income of Black workers and reduce unemployment rates.

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Collective Homeownership

Lead: Higher Ground Abodes
Collaborating: Kuumba Collective

Hybrid of housing cooperative and community land trust for extremely low income Detroiters.

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Community Investment Trusts

Lead: Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit (D4)
Collaborating: GenesisHOPE

Explore the possibility of creating community investment trusts in Detroit.

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Cooley High School Neighborhood Investment Program

Lead: Life Remodeled

No-risk neighborhood investment opportunity into the Cooley High School renovation project.

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Credit Escalator

Lead: GreenPath Financial Wellness
Collaborating: One Detroit Credit Union

A new tool that eliminates negative collection debt while adding a new, positive credit line to their credit report in conjunction with ongoing financial coaching, counseling and education to ensure long-term financial success.

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East Chadsey Condon Alliance

Lead: Southwest Economic Solutions Corporation

Community investment trust which provides low-dollar, no-risk investment opportunities for residents of the East Chadsey Condon neighborhood.

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Family Mobility Savings Match

Lead: Communities First

A saving match program where participants complete self-identified goals to receive matches to their Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).

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Functional Sentencing

Lead: Street Democracy

Remove the barriers that criminalize and exacerbate poverty by using misdemeanor sentencing as an opportunity to propel folks forward toward a better financial future.

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A New Way to do Home Repair in Detroit

Lead: Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit (D4)
Collaborating: Gilbert Family Foundation; Rocket Community Fund

A home repair Clearinghouse connecting home repair needs to community-vetted contractors who will provide home repairs in a more sustainable manner.

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Partnership for Economic Independence 3.0

Lead: Warren Conner Development Coalition DBA Eastside Community Network

Empower Detroit residents to address the nine dimensions of wellness by developing the skills necessary to access resources, develop their networks, and ultimately achieve financial stability.

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Passport to Self Sufficiency

Lead: Coalition on Temporary Shelter
Collaborating: Cinnaire

A comprehensive pathway for very-low income familes to purchase a home, earn sufficient and stable income, maintain stability and start to build intergenerational wealth.

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Pitchtape for Small Business & Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

Lead: Pitchtape

Connect Detroit entrepreneurs and small business owners to capital, tools, and resources needed to bring their business ideas to life using the Pitchtape software.

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Safe Returns for Detroiters

Lead: Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
Collaborating: City of Detroit Financial Empowerment Center

Equip returning citizens with the necessary support to ensure that their basic needs are met through hands-on support and case management, ultimately aiming to increase coordination of basic need support services for returning citizens among sector partners.

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Shared Equity Homeownership

Lead: GenesisHOPE
Collaborating: MACC Development; Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit (D4)

Inclusive economic development plan focusing on shared equity models of real estate ownership and neighborhood investment trusts.

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Solar Power for Detroiters

Lead: Manistique Community Treehouse Center
Collaborating: Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corporation; Matrix Human Services; Fifth Third Bank; Yorkshire Woods; Eden Gardens Community Association

Reduce energy costs by providing no-cost solar panels and roof repairs to residents in the Bailey Park, Eden Gardens, and Yorkshire Woods neighborhoods.

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Sure:D (Safe Upgrades and Renovations for Efficiency: Detroit)

Lead: The Heat and Warmth Fund

Offer Detroit residents no-cost energy-efficient appliances and home upgrades to increase individual homes’ value and energy efficiency.

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Urban Equity Fund

Lead: Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan

Cash assistance fund to support Detroiters in meeting their key financial stability needs and goals of economic mobility using a “pay it forward” approach.

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Warrendale Equity Investment Fund

Lead: The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc
Collaborating: Warrendale Community Organization; Islamic Center of Detroit; Warren Avenue Community Organization; Greenview Block Club; Evergreen Block Club; Second Grace United Methodist Church

Community-driven investment fund which aims to reinvest in the Warrendale neighborhood by offering zero-interest loans through a “pay it forward” approach.

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