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									                                                        August 2008
    Bulk Trash                                News & Views VOL 16 ISSUE NO. 2                                    Creekside NEWS &
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   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@ so that there will be enough

  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 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.
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
Chalmers                                        to apply for grants.                          or 313-822-0062.
                                                                                                     Tips for Foreclosure
                                                              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                                    
    •     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
    •     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.

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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 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. to stay in-

We hope to see you at Pizzazz,
a community meeting, or other
Creekside event. Thanks for your
interest and support.

                 — Karen Brown
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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
         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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dues and contributions are tax deductable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Interested in any of these opportunities? Please contact Rachel Wells at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        or 313-822-0062.

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