August 2008 Bulk Trash News & Views VOL 16 ISSUE NO. 2 Creekside NEWS & VIEWS is published in: Pickup Dates February • April/May August • Oct./Nov. Wednesday Aug. 20 Distribution totals 4,600 copies to resi- Tuesday, Nov. 18 dents, churches and businesses. Upcoming Events Creekside Gets Green This Summer August 12: Riverfront Kayaking Tour 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Maheras Gentry Park $15 per hour per person Tour the east riverfront with this guided tour by Riverside Kayak Connection. Please e-mail connercreekgreenway@ gmail.com so that there will be enough kayaks. August 12: Vision to Reality Seminar for Small Businesses 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. JEBA Office (14628 E. Jefferson) This workshop covers the basic planning needed to start a business. $10 for Detroit residents; $35 all others. 25% discount given to JEBA members. Register at 313-331-7939 In the past few months Creekside has co- On May 29th, Creekside partnered with the August 23: Pizzazz in the Park ordinated three tree planning events in Greening of Detroit, PepsiCo, Frito Lay and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. City Year to beautify A.B. Ford Park. Over A.B. Ford Park (Lakewood entrance) On April 19th Creekside partnered with 100 volunteers helped plant 24 trees, clear Creekside is hosting a summer jazz con- the Greening of Detroit and the Home brush and build park benches. The next day, cert with Detroit-based bands, art activi- Depot Foundation to plant a tree nursery Creekside, the Greening of Detroit and the ties, and back-to-school resources. on Kitchener St. More than 89 volunteers Home Depot Foundation partnered again to Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or assisted in the tree planting. The nursery plant 100 trees on Dickerson St. to replace 313-822-0062 for more information. includes an incubator for trees that will dead ash trees that were lost to the emerald eventually be planted around the neigh- ash borer. Creekside would like to thank all August 23: Recycling borhood as well as a community garden of its volunteers for these events. Also, if 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. that includes three beds for flowers and you are interested in maintaining the com- Municipal parking lot at Jefferson and one bed for vegetables. The day also fea- munity garden on Kitchener or would like Chalmers tured wonderful vocal performances by to volunteer for upcoming park clean-ups the Stark School of Technology and De- in July and August, please call Creekside at September 22: Creekside Community troit Merit Academy. 313-822-0062. Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Drawing for Senior To sign up for this grant, seniors complete Creekside Office, 1021 Manistique an entry form at the Cobo Conference/ Ex- Featuring presentations on Creekside Home Repair Grants on hibition Center on Saturday, September programs and opportunities for residents Saturday, September 27 27 between 9:00 and 3:30. There will be to share their ideas and concerns. Light a drawing at the end of the day to deter- dinner provided raffle prizes provided. Senior Emergency Home Repair grants mine grant winners. If a senior can not ap- of up to $12,000 will be available through ply in person, he/she may have a personal September 27: Recycling the City of Detroit. Low-income residents representative complete the drawing entry 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. that are 65 years and older or physically form. For more information, contact Ra- Municipal parking lot at Jefferson and disabled and 55 years or older are eligible chel Wells at email@example.com Chalmers to apply for grants. or 313-822-0062. Tips for Foreclosure Creekside Prevention: West Homes On June 19th, Creekside staff attended a Located within walk- town hall meeting addressing home fore- ing distance of the closure hosted by City Council President Cockrel. This event featured valuable re- Detroit River and 100 sources and steps to combat tax and mort- acres of riverfront gage foreclosure. Highlights of the meet- park, come experi- ing include: ence unparraleled • Get help early and often if you are be- hind on your payments. waterfront living with • Contact a housing counselor from Creekside West. United Community Housing Coalition at 313-963-3310, a foreclosure coun- Each custom-built home offers: selor from Southwest Housing Solu- • Purchase price as low as $630 per month tions located at U-SNAP BAC’s of- • Low yearly taxes fice at 313-640-1100 or another HUD approved housing councilors: http:// • Reduced energy costs Call and ask about www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs. • Down payment assistance cfm before talking to your lender • Early purchase discounts our referral bonus • Get loan documents reviewed by a law- (313) 822-0062 • 1-car detached garage yer, contact Michigan Legal Services at 313-964-4130 • Central air conditioning • Landlords are legally required to give • Full basement renters 30-day notice before eviction if • Professional landscaping the property is being foreclosed upon. • Foreclosure impacts everyone, please • Refrigerator & stove included share this information. Block Club Spotlight: New Rental Study will inform Jefferson-Chalmers Homeowners Association Creekside’s Housing Strategies At the intersection of Jefferson and Chalmers, the welcome sign As a Masters of Urban Planning professional project with the with flowers highlights the commitment of the Jefferson-Chalmers University of Michigan, Creekside’s Community Building coor- Homeowners Association to its neighborhood. The Jefferson-Chal- dinator Rachel Wells will be surveying residents and then working mers Homeowners Association has multiple efforts to address issues with residents and Creekside staff to develop a housing strategy on their streets, including street repair and helping a developer refur- to guide Creekside Community Development Corporation’s fu- bish two homes on its street. One of the association’s main projects ture efforts. For this project, Creekside will gather information is collecting donations from residents and businesses to ensure regu- about housing conditions in the neighborhood, with an emphasis lar snow plowing of their streets and sidewalks. on information rental properties, and then use this information to develop a housing plan for Creekside’s future work in the Jeffer- The Homeowners Association also has several resources and events son Chalmers community. This plan will suggest strategies and for the community. Each year, it has a home and yard beautiful programs that will work best given the unique characteristics of contest and this event highlights the effort that people put into their this neighborhood. house. The Jefferson-Chalmers Homeowners Association has given scholarships for residents who are going to college. To learn about housing conditions in the neighborhood, a survey will be sent out to households asking about housing characteristics Block club President James “Jack Rabbit” Jackson, explains the im- and it will ask about residents’ opinions about living in this neigh- portance of block clubs... borhood. This survey will have focused questions for landlords and renters. It will be distributed in early August and residents that “Block clubs are good for the stability of the neighborhood. They complete and return the survey will be eligible to win a raffle prize. can address things that would not be addressed otherwise. With- There will also be two focus groups, one with landlords and one out a homeowners association or a block club, things would be left with renters, to discuss this issue in greater detail. If you are inter- to chance.. That’s where your strength is, when you get together for ested in being part of a focus group or have questions about the community projects. You’d be surprised how many people want to survey, please contact Rachel Wells at rwells@creeksidedetroit. clean up their neighborhood.” org or 313-822-0062. Page 2 • Creekside NEWS & VIEWS • August 2008 From the Director... Residents Try Out Kayaking We’re back! Due to a recent grant from Flagstar Bank, the Creekside News and Views has returned! Flagstar, we really appreciate your support of our next several issues. It’s been a busy, productive summer here at Creekside. Thanks to all of you who rolled up your sleeves and helped with our many successful volunteer-driven projects. We couldn’t have done it without you. Have you noticed the new tree farm and community garden on Kitchener? Enjoyed the new trees and other improvements in AB Ford Park? If not, I encourage you to get out and see them soon. AB Ford Park will be a great venue for our August 23rd Pizazz in the Park event. Pizzazz will feature local jazz bands and a host of children’s activities. We hope to see you there! On July 24, local residents got to try out kayaks at the pond in During the past few months, we have stepped up our work to docu- Maheras Gentry park. The event was free and meant to introduce ment, report and seek the demolition of dangerous structures in our the sport of kayaking to beginners. Riverside Kayak Connection community. We’ve been successful in getting a few homes demol- was on hand to supply residents with kayaks and to demonstrate ished and intend to keep our momentum strong. Nathan Cataline, proper techniques. Passers by gathered to watch the scene and our summer Americorps volunteer from the University of Michi- many joined in the fun. gan’s planning school, has done a great job coordinating the docu- menting, reporting and tracking of abandoned properties in our com- The kayak demonstration was a precursor to Creekside’s Kayak munity. We’ll miss Nathan after he heads back to school this fall, tour on August 12. Participants will be able to paddle kayaks on and appreciate his work. the Detroit River to Gabriel Richard Park and explore the commu- nity’s historic and scenic canals. In order to ensure that everyone Realizing the critical need, we’ve also stepped up our efforts to ob- has a kayak. interested participants are asked to RSVP to River- tain resources to help existing homeowners fix up their homes. Sev- side Kayak Connection at firstname.lastname@example.org. The eral applications have been submitted to funders. We’ll let you know event costs $15 per person per hour. if/when we get a positive response and funds become available. Correction: In the February 2008 “School Spotlight” on Stark We’ll also be closing soon on our Creekside West project. If you’d School of Technology, all quotes came from Mr. Joseph Hines. like to but an affordable, energy efficient new home, call Sam Butler at the Creekside office. Thanks to National City Bank for its recent support for Creekside’s housing programs. Are you currently receiving our bi-monthly Creekside E-News? Our electronic newsletter will keep you up to date on Creek- side’s programs and other com- munity activities. You can e-mail me at kbrown@creeksidedetroit. org if you’d like to be added to our list. You can also check the postings on our website (www. creeksidedetroit.org) to stay in- formed. We hope to see you at Pizzazz, a community meeting, or other Creekside event. Thanks for your interest and support. — Karen Brown Page 3 • Creekside NEWS & VIEWS • August 2008 Volunteering Opportunities Phone 1: _________________ 2:___________________ 2-Eligible Person Home $15.00 E-mail: _______________________________________ 3-Eligible Person Home $25.00 5-Eligible Person Home $40.00 City/State/Zip: _________________________________ Individual Membership $10.00 Business membership $25.00 Type of Membership: Volunteer at the August 23 Concert Creekside is hosting a summer jazz concert on August 23 and we will need to volunteers to help run this event. Volunteers will be needed to assist with Please fill out the information below and mail it with your check set-up, help direct parking, and staff information tables and youth activities tables. Support us with your membership or donation! Assist with Recycling Efforts to: Creekside, PO Box 15221, Detroit 48215 Creekside hosts a recycling drop-off on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10:00---2:00 in the Jefferson Chalmers parking lot (August 23rd, September 27, October 25). We need volunteers to assist recyclers on our drop-off days. Creekside is also looking for volunteers to contact local Name: ________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________ businesses to pick up their used cardboard and drop them off on recycling Saturdays. Join Creekside’s Dangerous Building Corps Creekside is looking for help with its Dangerous Building Campaign. Eligibility: Must be at least 18 years of age: Creekside CDC is a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation Creekside needs dedicated residents to report to Creekside when they come upon a dangerous or abandoned building in the neighborhood. Call for more details. Dues and contributions are tax deductable Interested in any of these opportunities? Please contact Rachel Wells at email@example.com or 313-822-0062. Creekside NEWS AND VIEWS Published by: the Creekside Community Develepment Corporation 1021 Manistique, P.O. Box 15221 Detroit, Michigan 48215, Phone (313) 822 0062 • Fax: (313) 822-6962 This issue is www.creeksidedetroit.org sponsored by: Creekside’s service area is in southeast Detroit, bounded by E. Jefferson, Alter, Clairpointe, and the Detoit River. PERMIT NO. 100 DETROIT, MI PAID P.O. Box 15221, Detroit, MI 48215-0221 U.S. POSTAGE NONPROFIT ORG.
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