The emphasis of our work in community building is on re-building the very fabric of community life. We believe that communities are much more than brick and mortar, they are living, vibrant neighborhoods made up of the people that live in them.
Metro Community Development's Development Department exists to create positive change moving forward for communities by partnering with local agencies, businesses, families and residents. We view collaboration as a catalyst and tool for the creation of stable and vibrant neighborhoods and communities. Our goals include:
Actively advocating for the concerns and constituents of our community
Partnering with organizations to assess, plan and implement strategies for community development
Revitalizing and strengthening our neighborhoods with focused, targeted resources.
Metro Flint YouthBuild
The Metro Flint YouthBuild (MFY) program is funded by
the U.S. Department of Labor to provide disadvantaged
youth, ages 16-24, with education, job training, and
employment opportunities. The Metro Flint YouthBuild
program is made up of several collaborative organizations
that share a common goal to provide low-income, young
adults in Genesee County with academic support to
obtain their GED and job-readiness skills focused on the
construction trades. Comprehensive support services are
also offered to assist MFY students in meeting basic living,
health, and financial needs to ensure a successful
transition from their role as a MFY student into a sustainable career pathway. Strong emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service and post-secondary certification in a high-demand industry.
Our youth helping our neighbors!
The MFY creates a family environment. Come and
join us because “Together we will succeed”. MFY
creates a family environment and is a community
driven initiative with resources given by the key
partners listed below.
MFY is currently accepting applications for our next class. You can apply in-person at the Oak Business Center located at 2712 Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48505. For more information, please call (810) 341-1824.
Helping homelessness in our area
Continuum of Care
The Flint/Genesee County Continuum of Care
(COC) is a federally mandated body of homeless
service providers. The COC works in partnership
with the Michigan State Housing Development
Authority (MSHDA) and the United States
Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) towards the common goal to end
homelessness in the United States within 10
years. Each year the Flint/Genesee County COC
applies for funding to support local efforts to
prevent and end homelessness.
Metro Community Development is the lead coordinating agency, other COC agencies include these organizations, among others:
Residents of Flint/Genesee County will have the knowledge, skills and resources to access and maintain permanent housing.
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Continuum of Care Sub-Committees and Work Groups
The Continuum of Care has several Sub-Committees and Work Groups that work together on projects designed to end homelessness in Flint/Genesee County. For example:
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) – Sets direction for the forward progress of the Continuum of Care.
Project Community Connect - Plans annual Project Homeless (PHC) events. PHC events are events that bring resources and services to individuals and families who are homeless or near homeless while educating the community on issues of homelessness.
IST (Interagency Service Team) – Meets monthly to assist the residents of Flint/Genesee County with access to services for those in need.
Veterans Stand Down - This is a free event providing information, resources and services for Veterans and their families.
Point in Time (PIT) Count Genesee County Homeless Awareness Task Force
Each year the Genesee County Homeless Awareness Task Force coordinates volunteers to count homeless citizens in Genesee County. This count, called the Genesee County Homeless People Count, normally takes place during the last 10 days of January. This is an actual count of homeless people throughout the county. Volunteers take to the streets in an attempt to locate homeless citizens in public places, parks, and any other place that has been identified as a place where homeless people congregate or are living. The purpose of this count is to get a good baseline number of the homeless people in the county who may or may not be receiving services; and to take resources and information directly to the people who need them.
SOAR Stakeholders - SOAR (SSI.SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery) program increases access to Social Security disability benefits for people with behavioral health issues experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Veterans By-Name List - Monthly inter-agency gathering that works on aiding Veterans with housing and resource solutions
Genesee County ID Task Force - Works to eliminate or reduce barriers homeless people face when trying to get a state ID for housing or employment
COC Executive Governance Board - Steering committee for the Continuum of Care
Homeless Awareness Week - Designed to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty, and build up the base of volunteers and supporters for local anti-poverty agencies. Groups spend this week generating publicity about hunger and homelessness and holding a series of events to engage the community.
HMIS Agency Administrators - Meeting of all agencies utilizing the Homeless Management Information System
COC Request for Support
As the local state endorsed collaborative body
for groups, organizations, and agencies involved
in the planning and delivery of homelessness
services for Genesee County, the COC reviews
requests for letters of review, recommendation
or endorsement of community proposals. Our
role is to assist organizations in bringing funds
or services into the greater Flint community.
Community proposals are defined as those proposals that come from organizations currently providing services within Genesee County or those mandated by State or Federal agencies to pass through the local Continuum of Care collaborative body (otherwise known as the COC). The document attached below describes the types of support that are available and includes the request form. Your agency must present your proposed project to a regular COC meeting (scheduled the second Wednesday of every month) where afterwards the membership will vote on endorsement. To appear on the monthly agenda please contact Tracey Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org with your completed request for proposal.
Serving those less fortunate
The Genesee County Community Collaborative (GCCC) is officially recognized as the Multi-Purpose Collaborative Body by the State of Michigan also referred to as Community Collaborative by the State of Michigan, the GCCC is comprised of public and private members working together to coordinate health and human services across systems.
We collaborate across networks and systems
to develop, create and share resources to support
and preserve strong healthy families who live in
vibrant communities in Genesee County.
The GCCC does this work through established
committees and workgroups which have specific
goals and objectives. The GCCC and most
workgroups meet monthly and consist of
representatives from public and non-profit organizations, foundations, health care institutions, and individuals from throughout Genesee County.
The GCCC meets from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at the Red Cross located at 1401 S. Grand Traverse St., Flint, MI 48503.
GCCC Organizational Structure
The structure of the Community Collaborative will consist of two main bodies. These are 1.) the Steering Committee and 2.) the Community Collaborative. Persons serving on the Steering Committee shall also be members of, and be elected by the Community.
The Community Collaborative has working committees designed to address specific issues. The committees are issued specific tasks and report back on a quarterly basis to the Collaborative.
The Steering Committee is designed to provide special advisory consultation to the Community Collaborative. It is composed of the GCCC Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and five additional members representing GCCC membership. The Steering Committee serves as the governance body for the Community Collaborative. Their responsibilities include the following:
General oversight of workgroups and activities
Establishing operational guidelines and policies for the Community Collaborative
Reviewing letters of support requests from the community
Reviewing annual budget and expenditures
The Steering Committee may act in the capacity of the GCCC for those matters which would be of detriment to the GCCC or the community if held over to the next GCCC meeting.
GCCC Membership consists of persons with decision-making authority from a broad representation of public and private organizations and systems. GCCC membership meet monthly, participates in workgroups to develop action plans for specific care of concern, participate in or support in GCCC endorsed initiatives, identify need areas, service delivery and prevention based on available data,
The GCCC has workgroups, and established
relationships with many different affiliated
GCCC Request for Support
As the local state endorsed collaborative body
for groups, organizations, and agencies involved
in the planning and delivery of human services
for Genesee County, the GCCC reviews requests
for letters of review, recommendation or
endorsement of community proposals. Our role is to assist organizations in bringing funds or services into the greater Flint community.
Community proposals are defined as those proposals that come from organizations currently providing services within Genesee County or those mandated by State or Federal agencies to pass through the local multi-purpose collaborative body (otherwise known as the GCCC). The document attached below describes the types of support that are available and includes the request form. Your agency must present your proposed project to a regular Collaborative meeting (scheduled the second Tuesday of every month) where afterwards the Collaborative will vote on endorsement. To appear on the monthly agenda please contact Tracey Jackson at email@example.com with your completed request for proposal.
Taking care of our neighborhoods
Creating helpful solutions
Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS)
MSHMIS is a computer system for data collection that was created to meet a requirement for the United States Congress. This requirement was passed to get a more accurate count for individuals and families who are homeless and to identify the need for different services. Many agencies use this system and share information only with your permission.
Information that you may agree to allow us to share includes:
Basic identifying demographic data (e.g., name, address, date of birth, phone #)
Nature of your situation
Services and referrals you receive from our agency
Maintaining the privacy and safety of those using
our services is very important to us. Your record
will only be shared if you give us permission to
do so. There may be risks and/or benefits for
you to consider before you decide whether or
not to consent to the release of information.
You also have the right to request your name
be entered in as “anonymous”. You cannot be
denied services that you would otherwise
qualify for if you choose not to share information.
However, even if you choose not to share with other agencies or have your name entered, we must still report some information to the central data collection system because of our federal and state requirements.
Confidentiality Rights: This agency follows all confidentiality regulations and also has its own confidentiality policy.
Your Information Rights
As a client, you have the following rights:
Access to your record to your request
Request a correction of your record
Refuse consent to share information with other agencies
Have your name entered as “anonymous” if there is a risk
File a grievance if you feel that you have been unjustly served, put at personal risk, harmed, or your personal information was not kept confidential
Your release will be in effect until the specified time that you have designated
Your release agreement can be withdrawn at any time by making a written request at this agency
Benefits of MSHMIS and Agency Information Sharing
Allowing us to share your real name results in a more accurate count of individuals and services used. A more accurate count is important because it can help us and other agencies:
Better show the need for services and assistance needed in our area.
Obtain more money and resources to provide services.
Plan and deliver quality services to you and your family
Assist the agency to improve its work.
Keep required statistics for state and federal funders.
Promote coordination of services so your needs are better met.
Make referrals easier by reducing paperwork.
Avoid having to report as much information to get assistance from other agencies.
Risks in Sharing Information
There are risks that may lead some individuals to choose to do one or more of the following:
Allow only your name, age and social security number (optional) to be shared. All other information is kept confidential or shared with only select agencies.
Allow some statistical or demographic information to be shared with select agencies, but do not allow other, more personal data such as health, mental health, drug/alcohol use history or domestic violence information to be shared
Close all information including identifying information from all sharing. Only this agency may see the information.
Use an anonymous client ID so that no identifying information exists on the record, even within this agency
Risks you should consider before deciding whether and what type of information to share:
Physical harm or other negative consequences to you or members of your family if someone knew that they could find you from the information shared
Physical harm or other negative consequences to you or members of your family if someone found out you sought help, particularly if you or your children have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or child abuse
There are others who may work or volunteer at other participating agencies who you may not want to have access to your information
The degree to which you are satisfied by the confidentiality provisions explained about the MSHMIS system
Here in the Flint/Genesee County Continuum of Care (CoC) there are 31 projects participating in HMIS. HMIS is designed to assist with the following goals:
Produce an unduplicated count of persons experiencing homelessness for each CoC
Describe the extent and nature of homelessness locally, regionally, and nationally
Identify patterns of service use
Measure program effectiveness
The service providers offering these projects include: