Focus: HOPE is the lead agency for safety in the Central Woodward/North End Collaborative. The goal of the Safety Initiative is to work in partnership with community residents and law enforcement agencies to combat crime and improve the safety and security of those who live and work in the target neighborhood. Click here to download our current newsletter.
One key strategy to address safety issues is a Community Safety Coordinator who works with her team to ensure that community residents have the proper knowledge and tools to protect themselves and their loved ones. The Community Safety Initiative involves many dedicated groups and individuals who are committed to building a safe community and environment, including the Detroit Police Department, faith-based institutions, schools, and residents. As a caring team, we work toward solutions to address crime and challenges that threaten the safety of residents. Key areas include:
Community Safety Coordination Strategy
Significant strides have been made to build a crime-free community through our Community Safety Coordination Strategy. Crime hot spots have been identified and information circulated to neighbors regarding the crime that is occurring. More than 700 properties have been referred to the Wayne County Nuisance Abatement Program, which tackles blighted and deteriorated buildings. Also, residents are taking action and reporting crimes in our anonymous drop–boxes, places where they can comfortably and anonymously report crimes in the area.
Working in close coordination with parents and school administrators at our local schools, we identify and address issues that impact children being able to safely walk too and from school. We assess the need for sidewalk and street improvements, identify problem properties which need to be demolished or boarded, and work to obtain funding to address these problems. We are also working closely with staff and students from our local high school to develop a “safety station” in the school, which will bring students together around issues of addressing their own safety and that of others in the community.
Illegal Dumping Task Force
Focus: HOPE facilitates the Highland Park Illegal Dumping Task Force. Standing together against the dumping of trash in Highland Park neighborhoods, the Illegal Dumping Task Force has cleaned up more than 2,220 cubic yards of trash and 2,000 tires. More importantly, it has empowered residents and business owners to fight the flagrant practice of dumping trash rather than hauling it to landfills. The collaborative effort has received national recognition.
We encourage residents to volunteer and/or attend a community safety meeting. To get involved, call 313.494.4392.
Clean Corps volunteers spent the summer cutting down weeds, trimming bushes and boarding up houses to make neighborhoods safe.
We recently opened a Safety Station at Central High School, joining with a consortium of organizations that are committed to supporting the resurgence of Central and its surrounding community.