A Life of Autonomy and Choice—A CEDAM Member Feature
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A Life of Autonomy and Choice—A CEDAM Member Feature

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition Mission: MDRC cultivates disability pride and strengthens the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression. Full disclosure: Nate Wardell, who passed away in May 2016, was the brother of Chris Wardell, CEDAM’s administrative assistant. — CEDAM...

Introducing new CEDAM Team Member Orletta Caldwell
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Introducing new CEDAM Team Member Orletta Caldwell

CEDAM is excited to announce our new Michigan Coalition for Responsible Lending Consultant, Orletta Caldwell! Caldwell is responsible for organizing the Coalition, legislative strategy, coordinating town halls and conducting payday lending research on trends and lending prevention strategies in other states.  For the past year Caldwell has worked as a Learning Center Coordinator in Detroit...

Homeownership and the American Dream
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Homeownership and the American Dream

The benefits of homeownership are many, but not everyone wants to own a home or is ready to—and we should support that.   June is National Homeownership Month. It is part of an annual effort by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the White House,...

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...

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...

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...

Book Review: The End of Loyalty
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Book Review: The End of Loyalty

I heard about an event that featured Rick Wartzman in Washington DC, and it was about his book, The End of Loyalty. I was not able to attend, but the Aspen...