Welcome, LEO: New state department provides momentum to tackle economic opportunity challenges
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Welcome, LEO: New state department provides momentum to tackle economic opportunity challenges

By Luke Forrest, executive director This week marks the official start date of Michigan’s newest state agency, the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). It’s not an event that seems to have garnered much attention, which maybe isn’t surprising given that it’s August—it’s been more than two months since the department was first announced,...

Can we work to solve the climate crisis by fighting the affordable housing crisis? 
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Can we work to solve the climate crisis by fighting the affordable housing crisis? 

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate As temperatures rise, carbon emissions skyrocket, and severe weather continues to strike, cities and communities across the nation are seeking dynamic local policy solutions to combat the growing climate crisis. There is little debate that can discredit the reality that the climate is changing. According to a UN Intergovernmental...

Out of Reach Report Reveals Gap Between Renters’ Wages and Housing Costs in Michigan
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Out of Reach Report Reveals Gap Between Renters’ Wages and Housing Costs in Michigan

STATEWIDE CONTACTS Emily Reyst Communications & Training Specialist, CEDAM emily@cedamichigan.org | 517.485.3588 Eric Hufnagel Executive Director, MCAH ehufnagel@mihomeless.org |517-853-3885 Housing is Out of Reach in Michigan for Low-Wage Workers Michiganders earning minimum wage must work 58 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental home Michigan, June 18—The National Low Income Housing Coalition released their...

Community Investment Tax Credit Programs: Catalysts for Locally-driven Solutions
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Community Investment Tax Credit Programs: Catalysts for Locally-driven Solutions

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate Community Development Corporations (CDCs) address a wide-range of problems and are well positioned to do the work their community needs and wants. While CDCs have the potential to address local issues in their community, their funding models often limit what they are able to accomplish. The limitations under the...

New Fellowship Program Catalyzes Community Economic Development Across Michigan
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New Fellowship Program Catalyzes Community Economic Development Across Michigan

By Sarah Teater, Community Development Fellowship coordinator Community economic development projects are underway across the state thanks to a new fellowship managed by CEDAM. Last year, CEDAM was granted the opportunity to find the first cohort of community development fellows for Project Rising Tide. The fellows bring a diverse range of skills to their positions,...

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National Day Of Racial Healing

Yesterday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Today, we celebrate National Day of Racial Healing. By Troy Villanueva, housing policy associate It’s been 56 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. That’s 15 years longer than Rev. Doctor King lived (he would have turned 90 yesterday). They say...

Proposed Public Charge Changes Puts Housing, Health and Economic Well-being at Risk for Michigan’s Immigrant Families
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Proposed Public Charge Changes Puts Housing, Health and Economic Well-being at Risk for Michigan’s Immigrant Families

By Rep. Steve Tobocman, executive director of Global Detroit Michigan’s immigrant story is deeply woven into the history of the state. Take my grandfather, Morris Tobocman, who immigrated to Detroit from Poland a century ago to pursue the American Dream. He had almost no formal education, arrived penniless and knew no English. Like so many...

Introducing New CEDAM Team Member Troy Villanueva, Housing Policy Associate
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Introducing New CEDAM Team Member Troy Villanueva, Housing Policy Associate

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...

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