Mayor’s Update to Residents – April 29, 2022

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City halfway to goal of planting 10,000 trees; 5,000 trees still available to residents

  • City launched 10,000 Up! Program to replace trees lost to age and disease

  • Detroit residents can request a tree to be planted in front of their home

  • Program uses all Detroit-based contractors to perform work

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The City of Detroit’s General Services Department is committed to planting 10,000 trees to enhance neighborhoods and promote safer and healthier communities. Currently, the Department is more than halfway to that goal and has planted 5,500 trees since the program began in 2017.

Detroiters can request a free tree for planting on the berm between the sidewalk and the street in front of their home by visiting Since there is only a limited window for successful planting, tree requests may be fulfilled either this spring or fall.

Trees are not only a beautiful addition to any neighborhood, but they also provide many other benefits, such as improving air quality, helping keep neighborhoods cool, reducing the impact of climate change, and even diverting stormwater to help prevent flooding. They can also drive down utility bills and raise property values.

Read the full story on the City’s website at 10,000 trees (

Council President Mary Sheffield, City and Community Leaders Announce Detroit’s First Neighborhood Improvement Fund Program

  • Program will allow block clubs, neighborhood associations to apply for share of $2.25 million in grants to beautify neighborhoods across Detroit

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Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield announced the new Neighborhood Beautification Program, the first program under the Neighborhood Improvement Initiative.

The Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) was created by Sheffield in response to calls from residents to negotiate community benefits as a part of the development deal to build the Detroit Piston’s headquarters and training facility in District 5, which she represents.

The funds available under the newly created Neighborhood Beautification Program (NBP) can be used to fuel creative ideas, spark neighborhood revitalization, or strengthen the connections between neighborhood-based groups. The City of Detroit will provide resources to allow the eligible organizations and residents to become actively engaged in the health and well-being of their community and to encourage residents to get involved in making their neighborhood better.

This grants range from $500 to $15,000. Applications will be accepted soon.

Read the full story on the City’s website at Detroit’s Neighborhood Improvement Fund Program (

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Detroit Police Department 8th Precinct to Hold Resource Fair

At least 1 in 7 children has experienced child abuse or neglect in the past year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To help combat child abuse locally, the Detroit Police Department is holding a resource fair for Child Abuse Prevention Month. The event is set for Saturday, April 30 at the 8th Precinct from noon until 3 p.m. The Precinct will give away:

  • Gun locks
  • Child pack-n-plays
  • Car seats
  • Child ID kits, and more

Mayor Duggan meets with President Biden in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Mike Duggan met with President Joe Biden this week in Washington D.C. to share how the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is impacting the City of Detroit

Mayor Duggan met with the President to discuss how ARPA is transforming Detroit, with $100 million going toward areas such as mental health service expansions, job training and crime reduction efforts.

See the media coverage on the City’s website at Mayor Duggan meets with President Biden (

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Motor City Makeover 2022 kicks off, aims to beautify city

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The Department of Neighborhoods, community, and business partners kicked off Motor City Makeover April 22 with an emphasis on beautification and recycling.

The City’s annual cleanup, and beautification effort is calling on residents, community organizations, business owners and students to join the effort to clean and beautify the city on seven Saturdays in May and June.

Individuals and community groups must register with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods (DON) in order to receive a limited supply of bags and gloves, as well as information regarding special pickups of brush, tires, bagged litter and roll-off containers. Debris will only be collected from pre-determined locations.             

Cleaning will take place by districts on:
  • District 1 – May 7
  • District 2 – May 14
  • District 3 – May 21
  • District 4 – May 28
  • District 5 – June 4
  • District 6 – June 11
  • District 7 – June 18

To read the full story, visit the City’s website at Motor City Makeover launch (

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