Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Christine Bell, Executive Director

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Urban Neighborhood Initatives (UNI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building safe and thriving environments through collaboration with local Detroit communities. UNI has two intertwined initiatives: community and human development. These initiatives are carried out through partnerships with various community stakeholders, allowing for rapid change on many community issues at the same time. This holistic development approach is key to their commitment of creating neighborhoods where people want to live, work, and play. Examples of current human development projects include a JPMorgan Chase Apprenticeship that allows youth to gain on-the-job experience with local businesses, The Southwest Detroit College Access Network that provides college exposure to youth, and Adult English, GED, and Computer classes. Current community development projects include the Springwells Village Quality of Life Plan, park and green space stewardship and community safety initiatives. 

Current Research Interest Include:

  • Violence prevention
  • Livability and neighborhood beautification
  • Business and economic development
  • Youth development and college access
  • Public safety issues including access to housing, health advocacy, and nutrition.

Website | Email | Phone: (313) 841-4447

Research Areas: Violence Prevention, Built Environment, Economic Development, Youth Development & Engagement, Housing, Nutrition,

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