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Voices of AmeriCorps: Brian Rakovitis

  In early December I attended an after-school program at a local Elementary in Washtenaw County. Every Thursday the after school program has its club sessions, which are designed to expose youth to a wide and diverse range of topics, including music, art, dance, reading, math, languages, business and more. On this particular night I...

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FY16 Omnibus Spending Bill Released

Written by Linda Couch, Senior Vice President for Policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition Congressional leaders released the text of the omnibus spending bill at about 1:30 am on December 16. The omnibus bill funds all 12 appropriations bills, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill, for FY16. The...

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Food Forward MI: Food Hubs Expanding Local Food Access

Written by Mary ZumBrunnen, Director of Talent & New Market Initiatives at Prima Civitas Typically triple bottom line businesses, food hubs are an increasingly economically viable piece of the supply chain puzzle as size-appropriate connections in local food systems. Co-chair of the Michigan Food Hub Network and Senior Associate Director of the Michigan State University (MSU)...

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Food Forward MI: Where Food Access and Community Development Merge

A community food system isn’t just about connecting local growers to a farm market or boosting seasonal tourism. Everyone has a stake in community. Not only do we all eat, which affects our health and well-being, but we must purchase that food thereby contributing to our local economy. Food also transcends our culture and brings...

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The End to Step Forward Michigan

Written by Chad Coffman, Project Lead Michigan Hardest Hit Fund The Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) foreclosure prevention program “Step Forward Michigan” is closing its website to new applications December 31, 2015.   December 31, 2015 – Last day to register a new Step Forward Michigan loan application. January 31, 2016 – Last day to submit applications to Step...

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Funding Michigan’s Roads

Written by Christian Gray, Policy Intern at CEDAM Finally, a road funding plan has escaped the wrath of legislative gridlock and has been sent to the governor’s office for approval. Late on Tuesday night, November 3, the House was able to garner the votes necessary to concur changes made earlier that afternoon in the Senate. The...

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Food Forward MI: An Introduction

Daily we hear that demand for fresh water, energy and food are rising. This causes many great concern and at times a sense of hopelessness, as media digestion can leave us reaching for antacids. A Growing Crisis: Food and Energy Shortages According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, across the globe,...

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Asset & Property Management: A Complementary Relationship

Mary Manuel, Asset Manager for Cinnaire (formerly Great Lakes Capital Fund) Nonprofit organizations across Michigan (and the country) are helping to create vibrant and sustainable communities. Through a variety of neighborhood programs, opportunities for disadvantaged populations enhance their quality of life through access to safe and affordable housing and other supportive services. However, real estate development is complicated...

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Michigan Benefits Access Overview

Written by Beth St. John, Coordinator, Michigan Benefits Access Michigan Benefits Access (MBA) exists to increase economic stability for Michigan families by connecting them to multiple public benefits through the MI Bridges website and Community Partners. The Michigan Association of United Ways collaborates closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) through MBA...