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Measuring and Evaluating Neighborhood Change

Written by Nina Holzer, Manager of CDC Advancement, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress We’ve all seen them. Article after article highlighting the comeback of cities, flocking of millennials to urban centers and revitalization of downtown. Many rust belt cities, whose population numbers plummeted over to the course of the past fifty years, are starting to see a deceleration...

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Pro Bono Legal Referral Program

Written by Amanda Gregory, Legal & Policy Program Manager at Michigan Community Resources _____________________________________________ “This is frustrating for the organizations, because often the filing fee is all that is standing in the way of these immigrants working legally.” _____________________________________________ Several years ago, the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center wanted to...

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The Marriage Between Population Health and Community

Written by Brian McGrain, Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer The “ZIP Code Improvement Business” _______________________________________________________________________________ “Your zip code […] has an awfully big impact on your health outcomes.” _______________________________________________________________________________ For a number of years now, those involved in public health across the nation have been spending considerable amount of time studying and acting upon...

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Michigan eLibrary for Businesses

Written by Deb Renee Biggs, Michigan eLibrary & Outreach Coordinator, Library of Michigan ____________________________________ “Particularly for micro businesses, this could be a powerful resource to starting a business, as well as maintaining business practices.” ____________________________________ The Michigan eLibrary, otherwise known as MeL, is Michigan’s online library resource. With origins dating back from 1992, this free...

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Food Forward MI: Farm to School

__________________________________________________________________ “Combating childhood obesity, diabetes and other nutrition related disease can start in the classroom and extend to the family as students are educated and then empowered to make healthy food choices.” __________________________________________________________________ Rewind to 2015’s Where Food Access and Community Development Merge post, we reiterate that a community food system isn’t just about connecting...

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Proposed HUD Rule on FMRs

Written by Heidi Kurniawan, Policy Intern The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a proposed rule that aims to give low-income residents more choice by reworking the Section 8 housing-voucher program. The current program gives housing assistance through coupons that cover a portion of rents, and for a number of reasons, these vouchers...

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Membership Spotlight: H.O.M.E. of Mackinac County

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern Mackinac County: one piece of the larger puzzle that makes up the Upper Peninsula. Many tend  to think of this area as the land of vacations or trips up north, but what about the people who call this area home? Affordable houses are being snatched up by those looking for...

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How a Good Health Creates a Vibrant Community

Written by Kaylee Kellogg, Communications Intern From time to time, every person has to deal with a health issue. It could be something as simple as the common cold, or it could be something more serious that requires medical attention. In any case, though, it is most people’s goal to feel healthy again. What does...

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Food Forward MI: Agriculture Workforce Development

Written by Mary ZumBrunnen, CEO of One-Community Consulting ________________________________________________________________________________________ “…the gap between available talent and labor needed is expected to grow significantly over the next few decades. Once again, Michigan is at a crossroads of opportunity.” ________________________________________________________________________________________ Michigan is currently seeing a decline in small and mid-sized farms across the state. This trend has negatively impacted the state’s...

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CFPB’s New Rule

Written by Heidi Kurniawan, Policy Intern In Michigan, there are more payday loan stores than there are McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s franchises combined. Advertisements for these loans make them seem like a fast and easy way to get cash when you’re in a financial bind. What they don’t tell you, however, is that four out...

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