Detroit’s resurgence begins with its people and their longstanding commitment to making their community a better place to live. Highlighting and investing in the work these families engage in is the key to making Detroit’s comeback a reality for all.
The greatest development our city can undertake is the development of its people, families, and communities.
In 2014, when FII launched in Detroit, the city had the highest percentage of people living in poverty of any major city in America. Today, FII-Detroit is quickly growing to become one of our largest sites, second to Boston. Improving education, housing, and transportation are the key goals shared by our FII–Detroit families. Our family partners, who embody the gritty resilience of the city, continue to prove that investing in their self-determined solutions is among the most effective way to revive our city.
Total Number of UpTogether Fund Dollars Allocated to Families over time
Number of Touchpoints in UpTogether
Detroit: Family Metrics
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII:
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities like watching each others children, cooking for one another, lending money, and etc.
Average increase in monthly income
Median baseline annual income for the average family of three is $21,600 or 101% of the federal poverty line. After two years of engagement with FII, the median annual income is $23,838 or 112% of the federal poverty line.
Average increase in total liquid assets
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report an increase in their total liquid assets from $321 to $1,315.
Average decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 42% decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP.
After 2 years families grow their yearly income by $5,354
Over the two years they are enrolled in FII, the average investment directly to a family is $2400. Using this investment, families grow their yearly income by $5,354 (or 2.2 times the investment).
Vice President, Community Impact, Investments and Partnerships, United Way of Southeast Michigan
Chief Development Officer, City of Detroit
Director of Grant Development and Communications, McGregor Fund
Dr. Herman Gray
Chair of the Wayne State University Department of Pediatrics
Co-Founder and CEO of Brilliant Detroit
Thousands of families across the country are shifting long-held perceptions of low-income communities and changing our practice and policy approaches to poverty. Join us as we trust and invest in their initiatives.