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JCA: Neighborhood Project Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002348

Scope and Content

The Neighborhood Project Records chronicle the development of the organization and its effect on the neighborhoods. It includes brochures, clippings, correspondence, minutes and program reports. The Neighborhood Project was headquartered in the Jewish Community Center's 10 Mile Road campus in Oak Park. Its close relationships with other agencies, synagogues and the civic and business communities are evident in this collection.

Important Subjects: Community development Detroit (Mich.) Economic development Home improvement loans Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Jewish Heritage Week Jews -- Charities Loans Oak Park (Mich.) Philanthropy Southfield (Mich.) Synagogues

Important Names: Hebrew Free Loan Association, Detroit

Dates

  • 1980 - 2003

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

History

The Neighborhood Project was established by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in 1986. Its purpose was to retain a Jewish presence in the communities of Oak Park and Southfield, which were threatened by the construction of Interstate 696 and demographic shifts. Interest-free loans were granted, and a revolving fund was established to assist in home purchases and, later, to provide home improvement loans. The project was completed in 2003 when it was deemed that the neighborhoods were stabilized and property values had increased. The Hebrew Free Loan Association continued to oversee the remaining loan program.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (4 SB, 2 MB)

Overview

The Neighborhood Project was established by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in 1986. Its purpose was to retain a Jewish presence in the communities of Oak Park and Southfield, which were threatened by the construction of Interstate 696 and by demographic shifts. Interest-free loans were granted, and a revolving fund was established to assist in home purchases and, later, to provide home improvement loans. The project was completed in 2003 when it was deemed that the neighborhoods were stabilized and property values had increased. The Hebrew Free Loan Association continued to oversee the remaining loan program. The Neighborhood Project Records chronicle the development of the organization and its effect on the neighborhoods. It includes brochures, clippings, correspondence, minutes and program reports. The Neighborhood Project was headquartered in the Jewish Community Center's 10 Mile Road campus in Oak Park. Its close relationships with other agencies, synagogues and the civic and business communities are evident in this collection.

Arrangement of the Records

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

Deposited at the Reuther Library on July 27, 2012, by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit as part of the Jewish Community Archives.

Related Material

Jewish Community Archives collections at the Reuther Library, including the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Records, Jewish Community Center Records, Jewish Apartments and Services Records.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Dorothy Kaufman on July 27, 2012. Revised by Gavin Strassel on September 19. 2014. Revised and updated by Aimee Ergas, July 2020.
Title
Guide to the JCA: Neighborhood Project Records
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written by Dorothy Kaufman, revised by Gavin Strassel; encoded by Gavin Strassel.
Date
2012-07-27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA