U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced that Detroit has been awarded a grant from the Department of Education to help improve neighborhoods and strengthen education. The award is being given by the Promise Neighborhoods program at the Department, and will fund the planning of initiatives to improve neighborhoods' health, safety, and stability while also expanding access to learning technology and boosting family engagement in student learning. The programs, administered through Black Family Development, a local non-profit organization, will target challenges faced by Detroit-area families living in high-poverty communities.
"Services that improve educational achievement and healthy development in Detroit-area neighborhoods will help create an even brighter future for local families," said Senator Stabenow. "This award will help families better plan for the future of our children and create solutions to the challenges faced by so many students."
"This funding will help Black Family Development's important work supporting Detroit families," Levin said. "Nothing is more important to the city and its future than ensuring that its children have the support they need to grow and thrive."
Promise Neighborhoods, launched in 2010, made available a total of $10 million for one-year planning grants to 21 communities across the country. The 2011 grants announced today will reach an additional 16 communities, including Detroit. Between both rounds, 18 states and D.C. will have plans in place to help revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods. For more information, visit goo.gl/3XVZr.