In 2019, Flint was a winner of the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award for its Property Portal. The award elevates city-led strategies that most successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems. The Flint Property Portal displays citizen-generated data on property conditions, which helped residents improve and maintain blighted and vacant properties and enabled city staff to obtain and allocate resources to remediate blight in the city.
With one-third of all the property in the City of Flint considered abandoned or blighted, citizens and local government are working together to revitalize the city. In June 2017, Mayor Weaver launched the Mayor’s Beautification Initiative, which empowers citizens to take ownership of their personal property as well as contribute to citywide cleanups. In addition, the Initiative encourages community members to adopt sections of Saginaw Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue to keep these majors corridors well maintained as people enter and leave the city.
Flint has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2009.