FAMILY EMPOWERMENT Program
Eastern Michigan University's Family Empowerment Program works to help families living in complexes owned by the Ypsilanti Housing Commission to make strides toward self-sufficiency in three key areas - employment, education, and health/wellness. Its Director, Marquan Jackson, is assisted by Mark Hammond and Darlene Holliday. The program began at Hamilton Crossing with a grant from the Kresge Foundation, and has since expanded into Deborah Strong Housing as well as New Parkridge. The work at Deborah Strong Housing is funded by the Kresge and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations as a part of the Strong Families Fund, with technical assistance and oversight provided by the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
Local partners of this work include the United Way of Washtenaw County, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, the City of Ypsilanti, SOS Community Services, Childcare Network, Washtenaw Community College, and Chesapeake Community Advisors.