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Thanks to all members of the community who shared ideas for making Flint a better place to live, learn, work and play!

OVERALL RATING

Nine hundred residents shared their views through telephone and online opinion surveys conducted in the first half of 2019. Key findings are summarized, including ratings for different aspects of life in Flint. Ratings are based on a scale of one to five, in which five means “very positive” and one means “very negative.” For more information about how the ratings were calculated, see Methodology.

THINGS TO CELEBRATE/
THINGS TO IMPROVE

This section highlights survey results regarding what’s working and what needs improvement. If a section of Focus on Flint does not include information about Things to Celebrate or Things to Improve, it’s because the survey didn’t yield responses to fit the categories.

ALSO HEARD

In addition to results of the opinion survey, Focus on Flint shares information that local nonprofit organizations and agencies have reported hearing from the residents they serve.

SUPPORT FROM MOTT

Support for the organizations and programs presented in bold text includes funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which produced this report. To learn more, visit the Foundation’s website, Mott.org.

FACTS & FIGURES

Each section includes data and statistics that illuminate strengths of the Flint community and highlight challenges. These facts were collected through opinion surveys of Flint residents; from city, state and federal agencies; and from local nonprofit organizations. The Flint surveys were conducted in the first half of 2019. Unless otherwise noted, all remaining data are from 2018.

DID YOU KNOW?

This section highlights organizations and programs working to address issues in the Flint community and provides information about how to connect with them.

THE ISSUE AND THE RESPONSE

Focus on Flint explores nine important issues facing the local community: Arts and Culture, Economy, Education, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Quality of Life, Standard of Living and Water. This section describes why each issue is critical to the community and summarizes work underway.

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Here’s a brief recap of the Mott Foundation’s Focus on Flint initiative thus far:

  • We supported a survey of 900 Flint residents, and we also gathered data from credible sources. We used that information to publish a report that provides a realistic picture of Flint’s challenges and opportunities, as well as how residents feel about life in our community. We hoped it would serve as a springboard for conversations with the community.
  • We then met with more than 400 residents and business owners during 29 community conversations. We shared what we learned from those conversations at a Nov. 9 forum. If you were unable to attend, you can view the presentation here.
  • What we heard loud and clear is that a focus on neighborhoods is the community’s top priority.
  • So Mott announced that we’ll grant $1 million in 2020 to strengthen Flint’s neighborhoods. And we asked for your ideas on how to do it.
  • We accepted ideas through Nov. 30 via the forum, this website, phone calls, snail mail and suggestion boxes placed throughout the city.
  • We received hundreds of suggestions. THANK YOU!

We’re reviewing them now, grouping similar ideas and figuring out what we could potentially fund.

In the coming months, we’ll share the ideas and ask community members to weigh in on where the money should go.

While neighborhoods were the top priority, they weren’t the only priority. We also heard that you’re concerned about education, safety and economic development.

Our next focus area in 2020 will be education. We’ll ask you to think alongside us about the most important issues and priorities within that topic.

You can find more information and stay up to date on our efforts on this website. If you have any questions, you can connect with us at focusonflint@mott.org or 810-237-4888.

Thank you again for your input and interest as we all Focus on Flint!

¡Gracias a todos los miembros de la comunidad que compartieron sus ideas para hacer de Flint un mejor lugar para vivir, aprender, trabajar y jugar!

Aquí hay un resumen breve de la iniciativa Enfoque en Flint de la Fundación Mott hasta el momento:

  • Apoyamos una encuesta de 900 residentes de Flint, y también recopilamos datos de fuentes confiables.
  • Utilizamos esa información para publicar un informe que proporciona una imagen realista de los desafíos de Flint y oportunidades, también cómo se sienten los residentes acerca de la vida en nuestra comunidad. Esperamos que sea de servicio como punto de partida para las conversaciones con la comunidad.
  • Luego nos reunimos con más de 400 residentes y dueños de negocios durante 29 conversaciones comunitarias. Compartimos lo que aprendimos de esas conversaciones en un foro el 9 de noviembre. Si usted no pudo asistir, puede ver la presentación aquí.

Lo que escuchamos llamativo y claramente fue que la prioridad principal de la comunidad es centrarse en los vecindarios.

Entonces Mott anunció que otorgaremos $ 1 millón en 2020 para fortalecer los vecindarios de Flint. Y les pedimos por sus ideas sobre cómo hacerlo.

Aceptamos ideas hasta el 30 de noviembre a través del foro, este sitio web, llamadas telefónicas, correo postal y buzones de sugerencias colocados en toda la ciudad.

Recibimos cientos de sugerencias. ¡GRACIAS!

Las estamos revisando ahora, agrupando ideas similares y averiguando lo que podríamos potencialmente financiar.

En los próximos meses, compartiremos las ideas y pediremos que los miembros de la comunidad evalúen donde se debería usar el dinero.

Si bien los vecindarios eran la máxima prioridad, no eran la única prioridad. También escuchamos que les preocupan la educación, la seguridad y el desarrollo económico.

Nuestra próxima área de enfoque en 2020 será la educación. Le pedimos que piensen junto a nosotros sobre los asuntos y prioridades más importantes dentro de ese tema.

Pueden encontrar más información y mantenerse actualizados sobre nuestros esfuerzos en este sitio web. Si tienen preguntas, pueden comunicarse con nosotros en focusonflint@mott.org o 810-237-4888.

¡Gracias nuevamente por su aporte e interés ya que todos nos enfocamos en Flint!

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