Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC)

Created in 1979, Arab American Chaldean Council (ACC) is a nonprofit that provides services to Middle Eastern and other communities in Southeast Michigan. Building a community of understanding, programs include education, employment and job training, behavioral health, cultural activities, and health services.  The organization’s public health initiatives provide primary healthcare services; abuse services; a teen health project which focuses on health education, promotion of healthy habits and behavior, health and wellness; and WIC programs in several locations.

ACC is using HFFI financing to develop a "Healthy Food Hub" and renovate a blighted property already owned by ACC. The building will house a healthy food distribution service and, in partnership with Detroit-based Forgotten Harvest, provide space for a three-seasons farmers' market and cottage industry incubator. In total, the renovated space funded through the project will necessitate the hiring of 7 local residents from a socio-economically distressed neighborhood.

Projected Impacts

  • Develop a “Healthy Food Hub”
  • Renovate an ACC owned property in need of development  to house a food distribution service and space for a three-season farmers’ market
  • Create (7) jobs for local residents from a distressed neighborhood

Source of money: HFFI CED Program; Fiscal year(s): 2015