UM and Detroit partner to curb poverty
ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan and the city of Detroit are working on a joint effort to boost economic mobility and break the cycle of poverty in the city.
The school said last week that under a four-year agreement, it will provide up to $500,000 in resources a year to support partnerships that pair university experts with city leaders. Part of the funding will create a new position of assistant director of economic mobility.
It is part of Poverty Solutions, the university's initiative dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of poverty.
Those involved said top priorities include removing barriers to employment for city residents, including transportation, leveraging university resources to enhance Detroit initiatives and providing research and analysis to build on existing programs and pilot new ones.