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Communities First, Inc.

When the Flint based company of Communities First, Inc. creates development with the community in mind, they mean it.  The husband and wife team of Glenn and Essence Wilson create affordable housing but so much more.  “At Communities First, Inc., we take a holistic approach to building sustainable communities, looking at systems and individuals as a whole. By focusing on affordable housing, economic development, arts and culture outreach and environmental education, we are impacting our community and changing lives.” said President and CEO, Glenn Wilson.

The current project they are working on is restoring Flint’s former Swayze Apartments.  Of the 36 units, 28 will be designated for permanent supportive housing for those with special needs, homeless individuals or those at risk for homelessness. The remaining eight facilities will be available for those in Flint and surrounding communities, according to Communities First.

One of their holistic approaches to the community is Movies Under the Stars.  This is a free summer outdoor movie series that has been held at Atwood Stadium, Applewood Estates and behind City Hall.  These events bring together a diverse group of people from all around Genesee County. Folks enjoy movies, games, activities, and snacks in a safe and family friendly environment. The Hagerman Foundation is excited to join Communities First Inc. as they move Flint forward.

Communities First, Inc.

Providing an improved quality of life for residents through economic development and affordable housing solutions.