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Our Work

Featured Projects

Our action-based research focuses on partnerships, pilots, and large-scale programs that help inform the most effective strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty.

Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility

The Partnership on Economic Mobility between Poverty Solutions and the City of Detroit is a joint effort to identify and implement concrete, evidence-based strategies that significantly improve economic opportunity and reduce poverty in Detroit.

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State of Michigan Partnership

Poverty Solutions partners with the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to inform anti-poverty and economic mobility initiatives that enhance public benefit programs and identify pathways for sustainable employment for those with major barriers to work.

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U-M is an active partner in this local Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Program, a 10-week summer employment and mentorship program that pairs employers with local youth to provide on-the-job training.

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Homelessness Agenda

Poverty Solutions supports several projects that aim to promote a better understanding of the causes and consequences of homelessness and identify potential points of intervention.

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Land Contracts

Poverty Solutions and its partners have explored supportive land contracts as a path to homeownership and the policies needed to reduce abuse of predatory land contracts.

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Detroit Metro Area Communities Study

The Detroit Metro Area Communities Study is a University of Michigan initiative designed to regularly survey a broad, representative group of Detroit residents about their communities, including their experiences, perceptions, priorities, and aspirations.

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Monthly U.S. Labor Market Analysis

Using monthly data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U-M’s Rapid Insights Jobs Report analysis provides key charts and findings that highlight new developments in the labor market.

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Community-Academic Grants

Poverty Solutions and the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) partner on an annual grant funding opportunity for collaborations between academic researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, and community-based partners throughout the State of Michigan. The grants support research projects focused on evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs, and policies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty in the State of Michigan.

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Confronting and Combating Racism Grant Program

Poverty Solutions and the Center for Social Solutions partner to support action-based research aimed at ending systemic and institutional racism. Successful action-based research projects​ ​cut across disciplines, and address challenges such as systemic oppression, organizational exclusion, institutional discrimination, neglectful policy, and violence against the minds, bodies, and cultures of people of color.

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Faculty Grant Program to Prevent and Alleviate Poverty

This is an open grant funding opportunity for faculty at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses to pursue research projects focused on strategies to address poverty with effective, real-world solutions. Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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