Dream of Detroit
Grant Type: General Operating
Duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Dream of Detroit, or DREAM (Detroit Revival Engaging American Muslims), is a Muslim-led neighborhood revitalization project focused on housing development, economic development, and community organizing on the west side of Detroit.
DREAM continues to attract residents and investment to its impact turf—a 10-block neighborhood facing population loss and disinvestment—while also providing a vehicle for Muslims throughout the area to contribute to Detroit’s revival. This Westside neighborhood is anchored by a 35-year-old mosque and community center and a 15-year-old free clinic operated by Muslim doctors. In 2021, DREAM launched an audio, photography, and video storytelling initiative to preserve the voices of long-time members of the local Muslim community and residents of a neighborhood that is over 90 percent Black and overwhelmingly low income. Using the power of participatory action research, DREAM is uplifting the people most affected as the experts in their own lives. DREAM is not only bridging the gap among and between communities, they are empowering neighbors and stakeholders toward lasting revitalization.
Year founded: 2013
Location: Detroit, MI