Michigan Clean Cities, LISC Detroit collaborate on clean transportation with affordable housing communities

Feb 21, 2024News

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LISC Detroit works with local affordable housing communities to plan for, provide, and assess transportation options. The organization is committed to ensuring residents are engaged, aware and have a voice in the best mobility options for them and their community. LISC Detroit has partnered with Michigan Clean Cities to facilitate a 12-month community engagement and awareness process about transportation.

Residents and neighbors of the Dreamtroit, Hazelwood, and Charlotte housing communities will identify and prioritize clean transportation options, including which shared mobility solutions are best suited for each neighborhood. The project includes planning for bike and EV car sharing. For long-term solutions, the project will develop funding strategies and plans to support implementation.

“In January 2023, LISC Detroit began to develop and implement an Equitable Mobility Framework. This work seeks to incorporate equitable mobility strategies and programs into LISC Detroit’s economic development strategy. The intent is to ensure Detroit communities are poised to be included in and benefit from recent significant investments in the mobility economy and new emerging technology,” said Michelle Rubin, economic development program officer for the organization.

Michigan Clean Cities has joined LISC Detroit to coordinate this work, including community engagement through listening sessions and surveys with each housing community. Through this outreach, MICC will collect feedback from residents and community members regarding their transportation needs, and participants will be encouraged to share their mobility preferences and hardships, including the use of biking options, the cost of auto insurance premiums, private vehicle maintenance, and other experiences with public transportation options. Following this public engagement effort, MICC and LISC will collaborate to plan for short- and long-term transportation options at each of the locations.

“With a focus on equitable mobility, Michigan Clean Cities is thrilled to support this initiative to help Detroiters get around in a sustainable, reliable way.” said Lauren Mixon, community engagement liaison for Michigan Clean Cities. “A lack of transportation shouldn’t prevent anyone from getting groceries, going to work, accessing childcare, or getting involved in their community. Initiatives like the one we are working on with LISC Detroit will help to break down these barriers, and we’re committed to improving the lives of community members through this project and others to come.”