I don't work in the inner city, but in a rural area . . . and there are lots of similarities. I get students who don't have lots of home support and come from poverty.
I'm getting a group of 15 hand-picked boys on Monday, and they're quite a crew. They're not all that low in ability level, but they don't have any motivation and can be behavior problems.
My entire first day with them will be procedures. I'll have contracts with several of them. I'm using computers, Achieve 3000 & Plato, with them three days a week, reading one day, and doing character education/anti-bullying stuff one day.
I'm hoping everything goes well . . . and I'll post any ideas that work.