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Welcome To Cody Rouge
VILLAGE IN THE CITY, GATEWAY TO THE RIVER PARK

ABOUT US:

The Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance CDC (CRCAA) is a non-profit organization that serves the Cody Rouge community and is charged with promoting the goals and purposes of area residents, businesses and organizations. At the request of community members, CRCAA is committed to community action and the success of the Cody Rouge residents.  Our mission is to revitalize and sustain a healthy community where residents have access to and promote a high quality of life.  We believe that we are accomplishing these goals by creating and assisting strong families, producing high quality education, strengthening our block clubs, creating and implementing plans for safety and forming plans for economic revitalization and training among the youth and adults to ensure economic development.

As an organization we are comprised of staff and a board of directors. The board of directors is comprised of residents and stakeholders. Elections are held on a yearly basis.


HISTORY:

The Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance’s (CRCAA) commencement involved a group of concerned residents and stakeholders ready to see change in their community. Cody Rouge has always been a community that had a plethora of organizations at work. However, when the Cody Rouge community was chosen as one of the Skillman Foundation Good Neighborhood’s, it proved to be a catalyst to increase continuity and collaboration. The initiative helped the community to determine a goal that represented the interest of the youth, residents and creating a plan for sustainable economic growth for the entire Cody Rouge community.


For more than ten years, those community members worked to develop programs and policies to reach this goal. During this time, it was consistently realized that in order to effectively change the outcomes for youth, we needed to provide resources to help their parents and family. The creation of the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance was formed in February 2009 and has since diligently sought to pursue its mission and accomplish its vision of seeing healthy, proud and educated residents thriving in a safe, resourceful, culturally connected communities.


HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

We are a member based organization comprised. We currently have over 300 residents, community leaders, stakeholders and youth members. The more members in CRCAA, the louder our voice will be and the greater impact we will have on revitalizing the community as a whole.


Member Levels- There are three levels of CRCAA membership

  • Resident
  • Youth
  • Stakeholder (a stakeholder is a business, non-profit organization and other agencies with an active presence in Cody Rouge)


To qualify for CRCAA membership you must be a resident, business owner, school representative, attend church/school or be affiliated with an organization within the boundaries of the Cody Rouge community.


JOIN A COMMITTEE:

There are three committees that collectively do the work of the organization and set standards to meet our strategic goals. Anyone can join these committees.


Resource Committee is responsible for identifying resource opportunities that support the work of each committee, board and staff, economic and community development.  Committee goals are Economic & Community Development (Housing/Real Estate/Foreclosure/Home Improvement).  This committee meets every third Thursday.


Program Committee is responsible for identifying and assessing programmatic related activities.  Committee goals are Workforce Development (Careers/Jobs).  This Committee meets every third Thursday.


Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending governance and policy amendments, ratification, repeal, adoption, etc. Committee goals are policy issues, water bill & sewerage, foreclosure & loitering.  This committee meets every third Saturday.


Neighborhood background

     Located on the far west side of Detroit, Cody Rouge is a primarily residential neighborhood of roughly 35,000 people. Stretching from M-153 (Ford Road) on the South to I-96 (Jeffries Freeway) on the North and including Rouge River Park on the West over to Greenfield Road on the East.

 
     Developed between the 1920 through 1950 to house workers in Detroit’s thriving manufacturing industry, Cody Rouge offers a large local workforce as well as ample housing to relocating workers and or business owners. Build or buy new, create your own space by remodeling or renovating a fixer upper, or rent or buy one of our original bungalow or cottage style homes, Cody Rouge offers new businesses opportunities for your workforce few other locations can provide.


     Anchored by Rouge Park, Detroit’s largest public park, Cody Rouge is transforming itself into a compact urban village through initiatives such Skillman’s Good Neighborhoods and Downtowns of Promise from Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Mature trees, dense neighborhoods to winding boulevards, baseball and soccer fields, pocket parks and playgrounds, a new amphitheater, Detroit public library and an Olympic swimming pool with diving tower, Cody Rouge is packed with amenities for new and existing residents. Besides the native prairie and butterfly walk, mountain and road bike trails, archery range, model airplane flyway, golf course, driving range, Rouge river, Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Center stables, and nationally known 7 acre D-Town farms in Rouge Park, Cody Rouge is surrounded by world class businesses and amenities to support your business, family, and workforce.


Local amenities

     University of Michigan Dearborn, provides a selection of undergraduate and graduate programs including the new Masters of Science in Supply Chain Management. Next door, Henry Ford Community College offers skilled trade programs including apprenticeships along with corporate training in Six Sigma. Fairlane Mall caters to the middle income shopper with its year round enclosed shops. Doubletree and Hyatt as well as several extended stay hotel offerings provide for your needs from temporary space for employees and visitors to conference hosting.

     Cody Rouge is located between Interstates 96 and 94 providing quick access in and out of Detroit for you, your materials and your products. Rail access is also available in some locations. Easy access also makes for more fun and entertainment options with the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Zoo, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Children’s Museum, MGM Grand and Motor City Casino Hotels, and of course, the Motown nightlife that has made Detroit a cultural destination for decades.


Entrepreneurial spirited Cody Rouge

     Come see why companies like AAA, Sherwood Foods, Detroit Diesel, and Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America call the area around Cody Rouge home. With support for new entrepreneurs and businesses through innovative programs and partners like ProsperUS Detroit, SCORE, SBA Bootcamp and Certification Classes, Opportunity Resource Fund, SBTDC Techtown and Detroit Development Fund, is it any wonder Verndale Corp. and Templar Foundation are looking to invest in Cody Rouge to locate their new businesses here?


Staff

Kenyetta M. Campbell, Executive Director

KCampbell@codyrouge.org


Rebecca Bare, Deputy Director

RBare@codyrouge.org


Niña Rodríguez, Community Revitalization Director

NRodriguez@codyrouge.org


Charday Ward, Youth Coordinator

Cward@codyrouge.org