By Camille Allen, junior communications associate
CEDAM is excited to welcome Troy Villanueva, CEDAM’s new housing policy associate, to the team!
A safe, affordable home (whether a rental or your own home) is critical to improving health, education and economic outcomes for families. Homeownership can be an important way to build equity and can be a means of raising a family out of poverty. In this position, Troy will address state and federal housing issues in an effort to eliminate some of the barriers our members, many of which are affordable housing developers, face.
If you’re familiar with CEDAM’s history, you know that our organization was formed 20 years ago to prioritize providing affordable housing training and address policy issues. With his background in government policy and experience with housing in Lansing, we are thrilled about all that Troy brings to the table.
Having been a resident of Lansing for quite a while, Troy has been in and out of all kinds of housing in the area—from apartments to houses—and wants to be a part of the solution.
“I see the need for work and I want to be a part of revitalizing these homes in Lansing,” he said. “I’ve been in Lansing a long time, and I see the need for more housing and updated housing.”
Troy also has experience in the realm of advocacy. He is a communications alum from Michigan State University, and while in school he interned for the United States Department of the Interior with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
“I interned in Washington D.C with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a program through Michigan State,” he said. “I’m a tribal member from South Dakota so that’s where I got my passion to advocate for Native American communities, and that’s what I was doing while I was in Washington D.C.”
Once he returned, he began his master’s program in strategic communications at Michigan State University.
In his role as the housing policy associate, Villanueva will work with stakeholders to address housing issues in the state of Michigan. This includes advocating for increased funding for affordable housing and community economic development programs, addressing zoning and other development issues and more.
We are excited to bring on someone who shares our mission to create vibrant communities and ensure all Michiganders have access to safe, quality, affordable housing.