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Invest Detroit Foundation

Detroit, Michigan



This grant amendment provides an extension and additional funding to support the Fitz Forward housing stabilization work in the Fitzgerald neighborhood. Invest Detroit committed $570,000 in funds from this grant to Century Forward, the nonprofit arm of Fitz Forward, to improve, beautify and maintain 95 vacant lots in Fitzgerald in tandem with Fitz Forward's work to rehabilitate 100 nearby vacant homes in the neighborhood. Century Forward began this lot improvement work in late 2018 and has expended nearly half of the funds ($299,010 remain). During this time, Fitz Forward’s vacant home rehabilitation encountered several obstacles that put completion of the housing side of the project at risk. Rising construction costs and additional security needs during construction and pre-sale added costs and time not originally anticipated or budgeted.