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A Brief Recap


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.


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.


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 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,


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.


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


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.


Thank you to everyone who shared thoughts on how to strengthen Flint neighborhoods!

Here’s a brief recap:

  • More than 400 residents and business owners took part in 29 Focus on Flint community conversations.
  • They made it clear that their top priority is a focus on neighborhoods.
  • The Mott Foundation announced that we would grant $1 million in 2020 to strengthen Flint’s neighborhoods — and that we would ask community members to share ideas and vote on where the money should go.
  • Based on concerns shared during the community conversations, we asked for ideas in four categories:
    • beautification/neighborhood cleanup;
    • home improvements;
    • demolition; and
    • streetlight and sidewalk repair.
  • Throughout November 2019, more than 440 people — the majority of whom identified themselves as Flint residents — submitted a total of 625 ideas.
  • The category that received the most ideas was beautification/neighborhood cleanup, followed by home improvements.
  • Nine Flint residents were chosen for the Mott Foundation’s Community Panel.

In the spring, you will have the opportunity to vote on specific neighborhood improvement projects.

We will continue to update you as the process moves forward.

You can stay up to date on our efforts at If you have any questions, you can connect with us at 810-237-4888 or

¡Gracias a todos los que compartieron ideas sobre cómo fortalecer los vecindarios de Flint!

Recibimos cientos de ideas. El personal de la Fundación de Mott los ha leído todos y estamos trabajando en los próximos pasos.

Aquí hay un breve resumen:

  • Más de 400 residentes y dueños de negocios participaron en 29 conversaciones comunitarias de Focus on Flint.
  • Dejaron en claro que su prioridad principal es centrarse en los vecindarios.
  • La Fundación Mott anunció que otorgarían $1 millón en 2020 para fortalecer los vecindarios de Flint, y que pediríamos a los miembros de la comunidad que compartieran ideas y votarán sobre dónde se usaría el dinero.
  • En base a las preocupaciones compartidas durante las conversaciones comunitarias, solicitamos ideas en cuatro categorías:
    • Embellecimiento / limpieza del vecindario;
    • Mejoramiento de vivienda;
    • Demolición; y
    • Reparación de farolas y aceras.
  • A lo largo de noviembre de 2019, más de 440 personas, la mayoría de las cuales se identificaron como residentes de Flint, presentaron un total de 625 ideas.
  • La categoría que recibió más ideas fue embellecimiento / limpieza del vecindario, seguida de mejoras en el hogar.
  • Nueve residentes de Flint fueron elegidos para el Panel Comunitario de la Fundacion Mott.

Puede mantenerse actualizado sobre nuestros esfuerzos en Si tiene alguna pregunta, puede comunicarse con nosotros por o 810-237-4888.

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

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