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Community Success. COMMUNITY WELL-BEING. Plans Reviewed. 2004 Washtenaw County Human Services Coordinating Council Plan 2007 Community Needs Assessment (Sponsored by the United Way and the Community Collaborative of Washtenaw County) Barrier Busters Blueprint for Aging

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Community Success


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Plans Reviewed

  • 2004 Washtenaw County Human Services Coordinating Council Plan

  • 2007 Community Needs Assessment (Sponsored by the United Way and the Community Collaborative of Washtenaw County)

  • Barrier Busters

  • Blueprint for Aging

  • Blueprint to End Homelessness

  • Building Restorative Communities

  • Child Protection Initiative

  • Coalition for Infant Mortality Reduction

  • Health Improvement Plan

  • Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative

  • Success by Six

  • Teens for Tomorrow/Youth Development Initiative

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Community Goals/Indicators

  • Economic & Community Development

  • Intellectual & Social Development

  • Individual & Community Health

  • Safety

  • Environment

  • Community Connections

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Review of Other Communities

  • Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

  • Victoria, Australia

  • San Luis Obispo County, CA

  • Tahoe-Truckee Area, Nevada, CA

  • Austin, TX

  • San Diego, CA

  • Seattle, WA

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • Clinton, Easton, & Ingham Counties (Capital Area, Lansing, MI)

  • Oakland County, MI

  • Muskegon County, MI

  • Cheboygan County, MI

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Success Assets (Other Communities)

1. Strong linkage between social and economic development:

  • Newfoundland/Labrador: Regional Employment

  • Michigan:

    • Education: Kalamazoo Promise

    • Housing: Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids

  • Austin, TX: Childcare

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Success Assets (Other Communities)

2. Established local foundations with large endowments:

  • Battle Creek: Kellogg Foundation

  • Flint: CharlesStewart Mott Foundation

  • Detroit: Skillman Foundation

  • Kalamazoo:

    • Kalamazoo Community Foundation

    • Irving S. Gilmore Foundation

  • Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids Community Foundation

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Success Assets (Other Communities)

3. Strategic plans for community-wide outcomes:

  • Newfoundland/Labrador: Strategic Social Planto link social and economic development

    4. Community collaboratives with large network of public/private sector organizations:

  • Austin, TX: Capital Area Regional TransitCoordination Committee

  • Kalamazoo, MI: Mortgage Loan Pool Project

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Success Assets (Washtenaw County)

1. Strategic plans for community-wide outcomes that deliver more effective prevention solutions, reducing the cost of treatment & intervention:

  • Blueprint to End Homelessness, 2003

  • Blueprint for Aging, 2003

  • Blueprint to End Illiteracy, 2008

  • Success by Six, 2002

  • 11 Other Strategic Initiatives

    2. Able to leverage resources:

  • $242 million/year: Federal/State funding (human services)

  • $54 million/year: Dept. of Veteran Affairs

  • $100 million/year: Top 80 human service non-profits

  • National funding for local initiatives

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Success Assets (Washtenaw County)

3. Deliver services efficiently and effectively:

  • Quality healthcare

  • NAESY certified child care/early education centers

  • Nationally accredited public & non-profit organizations

  • Compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

    4. Create stable workforce for local employers:

  • Services for employees and their families

  • Support younger, lower-income employees

    5. Community collaboratives with large network of public/private sector organizations:

  • Human services agency network

  • Collaborative partnerships

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Assessment of Success Assets

1. Strong linkage between social and economic development just now coming to the forefront:

  • Recognized need for greater private sector support:

    • Affordable housing

    • Public transportation

    • Early childcare and education

    • Public education

    • Literacy services

    • Support for struggling kids and youth aging out of foster care

    • Access to higher education and skilled trades

    • Access to healthcare

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Assessment of Success Assets

2. Lack of established local foundations with large endowments:

  • Lack of large corporate leaders.

  • Ann Arbor Community Foundation: Founded in 1963; $52 million assets; $1.6 million in grants (2007).

  • James A. & Faith Knight Foundation: Established in 1999.

  • Pfizer: Loss of $5 million/year to local non-profits.

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Assessment of Success Assets

3. Some strategic plans for community-wide outcomes are developing strong private/public sector partnerships:

  • Blueprint to End Homelessness:

    • Delonis Center, 2003

    • Blueprint developed in 2003

      • One strategy: Develop 500 housing units

      • Progress: 250 to 270 units

    • Return on Community Investment

    • 17 member Public/Private Sector Task Force, 2007

    • Avalon Housing: Carrot Way Project

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Assessment of Success Assets

4. Community collaboratives with large network of public/private sector organizations:

  • Health and human service providers

  • Private sector participants

  • Requires targeted outcomes that enhance region’s economic performance

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Most Important Actions

1. Sustained economic development will reduce the root causes of many social needs:

  • Provide employment opportunities (youth/adults).

  • Connect employers to trained individuals, prepared for competitive employment in a global economy.

    2. The economic vitality of the region depends on an educated workforce:

  • Increase investment in early childcare & education.

  • Dramatically increase literacy (basic skills & workplace, health, and financial literacy).

  • Ensure that youth graduate from high school prepared for college, vocational training, or employment.

  • Cultivate opportunities for life long learning.

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Most Important Actions

3. The workforce needs basic infrastructure:

  • Develop affordable housing.

  • Provide transit system.

  • Ensure access to quality healthcare.

    4. Create sustainable revenue streams to fund strategic initiatives:

  • Build endowment as a community asset.

    5. Engage the private sector more fully:

  • Develop specific measures for success.

  • Target priority outcomes that enhance economic performance.

  • Respond to rapidly changing conditions.