Fellow Feature: Ensuring a more inclusive Hamtramck
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Fellow Feature: Ensuring a more inclusive Hamtramck

By Elliott Zelenak, former Hamtramck community development fellow  I moved to Hamtramck last fall prior to the start of the community development fellowship. I grew up in a town less than 30 minutes away and attended college in nearby Detroit—so while Hamtramck has always been on my radar, I never spent much time here, nor...

Fellow Feature: West Branch committed to finding childcare solutions
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Fellow Feature: West Branch committed to finding childcare solutions

By Samantha Fabbri, West Branch community development fellow West Branch was fortunate to be chosen as one of the communities to participate in Round 2 of Project Rising Tide (PRT). Early on, childcare, or rather the lack thereof, was identified as an action item that needed to be addressed in our community. Through technical assistance...

State House Committee Advances Payday Loan Expansion Bill
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State House Committee Advances Payday Loan Expansion Bill

  HB 5097 allows loans of up to $2,500 with fees equivalent to 132% APR Lansing, MI – The House Regulatory Reform Committee voted to advance a bill today that would allow payday lenders to offer longer-term loans that put vulnerable Michiganders at risk.  HB 5097 would allow loans of up to $2,500 with fees...

Governor Whitmer announces sensible policy for Michigan assistance programs
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Governor Whitmer announces sensible policy for Michigan assistance programs

By Ross Yednock, Director of the MEIC at CEDAM Michigan policy has long held our state’s families living in or near poverty back from saving for emergencies and planning for the future. That has now changed, thanks to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement earlier this year that increased asset limits for three Michigan assistance programs. As...

Community branding process highlights Albion’s rich history
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Community branding process highlights Albion’s rich history

Albion, MI residents gathered to discuss the city’s identity – the end product tells a larger story.  Written by: Linda LaNoue, Albion Community Development Fellow  Cultural and natural assets abound in Albion, a small town along the I-94 corridor between Jackson and Battle Creek. While the local post-secondary school, Albion College, has gained significant press...

Deconstruction, not demolition—the domicology movement is growing
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Deconstruction, not demolition—the domicology movement is growing

By Natalie Rogers, former junior policy associate All buildings have a life cycle, at least that is what Dr. Rex LaMore, director of the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development, wants city planners to start realizing. Dr. LaMore and his team are working to advance domicology, a new way of thinking about...

CEDAM is Celebrating 10 Years of AmeriCorps
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CEDAM is Celebrating 10 Years of AmeriCorps

We’re excited to announce that CEDAM is celebrating 10 years of hosting AmeriCorps programs! Throughout the year, we’ll be interviewing alumni, highlighting current members, and sharing the impact our members have on their communities. To kick things off, check out these 10 fun facts about CEDAM’s AmeriCorps programs: More than 250 Michiganders have served with...

Michigan’s free tax filing programs get boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation
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Michigan’s free tax filing programs get boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2019 Contact: Ross H. Yednock, Program Director, MEIC Yednock@cedamichigan.org | 517.485.3588 Michigan’s Free Tax Filing Programs Get Boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation $200,000 grant will help train volunteers to prepare taxes and ensure tens of thousands of Michigan taxpayers receive free income tax assistance services  LANSING – Thanks to...

AmeriCorps Feature: Put the Volunteer in VITA
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AmeriCorps Feature: Put the Volunteer in VITA

By Nick Miller, CEDAM AmeriCorps member at Capital Area United Way For the past year I’ve been a CEDAM AmeriCorps member serving at Capital Area United Way (CAUW), assisting with their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Being able to help in the field of financial stability was something that appealed to me, though it...

Fellow Feature: Community input, collaboration helps steer Manistee
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Fellow Feature: Community input, collaboration helps steer Manistee

By Lissette Reyes, community development fellow There are many ways to determine if a community is thriving. You can look at economic statistics, social trends, employment, demographics, and a number of other determinants; but how do we measure our community pride? What about the commitment from leadership to overcome challenges and move forward? Do these...