Helping address housing challenges is the goal of an organization now in need of help from the city it serves. Communities First, Inc. is eligible to receive $5,000 in grant funds through a statewide Investing in Communities program, sponsored by Independent Bank, but winning the award depends on votes.
Communities First is responsible for affordable housing developments in neighborhoods including some of Flint’s most challenged. Oak Street Senior Apartments and Swayze Court Apartments are among the organization’s complexes serving elders in the community and others who are homeless or disabled. Slated as its next development is the transformation of Coolidge Elementary School into housing, retail space, and a community center.
Communities First operates from a service model that provides onsite programs that mitigate the effects of lead poisoning in children, strengthens families, and uses housing as a base for improving quality of life, says Glenn Wilson, CEO.