In partnership with Detroit LISC and the Osborn Steering Committee, C-FACTS led the strategic engagement to create a Building Sustainable Communities Quality of Life (QOL) plan for Osborn neighborhoods. Considering the significant blight and rapid decline of the neighborhood, the QOL plan focused on physical improvements including housing rehabilitation intended to stabilize housing values and restore neighborhood pride.
Although there were many partners and organizations working in Osborn, there had not been a significant impact on revitalization. Home ownership declined and vacancy rates increased. Foreclosures, poor housing conditions, and other factors resulted in blighted areas converge on stronger areas of the neighborhood. Osborn experienced some of the highest foreclosure rates in the city.
The Building Sustainable Communities Steering Committee began their planning effort by aligning and prioritizing strategies using a strategic matrix. Using demographic and housing data, industry best practices, resident feedback and current strategies, the Committee selected priorities. Based on the identified priority areas of focus (Physical Improvement, Family Stability, Crime and Safety and Beautification/Creative Place-making), the Committee established four sub-committees and selected champions for each priority. Along with partners and stakeholders, the Committee created strategies and identified resources and capacity needed for implementation.