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Fund the fund: Why Michigan’s Housing and Community Development Fund Needs Support

Michigan’s Housing and Community Development Fund, if given resources, would spur economic growth and help individuals and families live in safe, affordable housing. By Jessica AcMoody, senior policy specialist In the Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing 2018 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), it was found that renters in...

Rental Rates are Out of Reach for Michigan Residents
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Rental Rates are Out of Reach for Michigan Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2018 Contact: Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist, CEDAM 517.485.3588 | acmoody@cedamichigan.org Contact: Eric Hufnagel, Executive Director, Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness 517.853.3885 | ehufnagel@mihomeless.org Rental Rates are Out of Reach for Michigan Residents Michiganders must earn $16.25 per hour to afford a Fair Market Rent two-bedroom apartment ­ Lansing, MI—In order to afford...

The Power of AmeriCorps Service
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The Power of AmeriCorps Service

By Ryan Verstraete, VISTA Leader AmeriCorps doesn’t have the name recognition of the armed forces or Peace Corps, but the empowerment given to communities across the country through AmeriCorps service is honorable. The humility that comes from serving to improve your community’s long-term health leaves AmeriCorps alumni with a unique sense of pride in the...

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CEDAM Elects New Board of Directors for 2018-2019

Lansing, MI – The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) is pleased to announce at-large members Allan Martin, president of Hart House Bed and Breakfast, Charlotte Smith, deputy director for LISC-Michigan Statewide, incumbent Mikki Droste, executive director of Capital Area Housing Partnership and Region One Director, Michelle LaJoie, executive director of Community Action Alger...

CEDAM’s Signature Training: Real Estate Development Boot Camp
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CEDAM’s Signature Training: Real Estate Development Boot Camp

What is Real Estate Development Boot Camp? When CEDAM was formed in 1998, offering affordable training—specifically real estate development training—to community development organizations was, and still is, a main priority for us. Many of today’s seasoned affordable housing developers went through our Boot Camp training (which has taken on numerous names throughout the years,) and...

Women In Skilled Trades (WIST) Program Prepares Women For Apprenticeships
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Women In Skilled Trades (WIST) Program Prepares Women For Apprenticeships

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, a new member of CEDAM this year, is dedicated to helping women realize their potential. With a focus on providing a supportive environment for their clients, the Center helps women achieve economic independence and develop emotional and physical well-being, regardless of income level. One of their newest initiatives is...

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Consumers Energy to Help Rural Communities Choose Their Own Destinies

Consumers Energy to Help Rural Communities Choose Their Own Destinies Grants for Rural Community Assessments Allow for Future Planning LANSING, MI—Rural Community Assessments, facilitated by the Michigan Rural Council (MRC), help rural communities evaluate their community assets and empower them with the tools needed to plan for the future. We are pleased to announce that Consumers...

What are the Potential Cuts in the 2018 Farm Bill?
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What are the Potential Cuts in the 2018 Farm Bill?

By Alexis Puente, policy intern What is the Farm Bill? The farm bill affects communities in many ways— it covers trade, nutrition, conservation and farmer protections, among other things. A new farm bill is introduced every four years, and the current farm bill is set to expire at the end of the 2018 fiscal year...

A Closer Look at Two Detroit LISC Programs
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A Closer Look at Two Detroit LISC Programs

By Meghan Kuhr, communications intern CEDAM partner Detroit LISC is a part of the Local Initiatives Support Corps. Detroit LISC builds strong communities in Detroit by coordinating and investing in resources that contribute to sustainable neighborhood revitalization and community growth to give people an opportunity to not only survive, but thrive. They are committed to...

Meet CEDAM’s newest team member, Chris Wardell
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Meet CEDAM’s newest team member, Chris Wardell

By Meghan Kuhr, communications intern CEDAM is excited to announce Chris Wardell as its new administrative assistant! In this position Wardell will provide support across all of CEDAM’s programs. Background Chris is joining CEDAM with a wide variety of experiences under his belt. He has worked in the Michigan House of Representatives as the constituent...