Introducing New CEDAM Team Member Sarah Teater, Project Rising Tide Fellowship Coordinator
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Introducing New CEDAM Team Member Sarah Teater, Project Rising Tide Fellowship Coordinator

By Camille Allen, junior communications associate CEDAM is excited to welcome Project Rising Tide (PRT) Fellowship Coordinator Sarah Teater to the team! PRT is a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) program designed to provide at-risk communities with the tools they need to attract business investment and create a sustainable economic development framework. In each Rising...

Poverty Simulations Can Help You Better Serve Your Clients
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Poverty Simulations Can Help You Better Serve Your Clients

By Susan Andrews, CEDAM membership & event specialist From food insecurity to housing, those who live in poverty face many challenges. With more than 12 percent of Americans living in poverty in 2017 (or nearly 39.7 million people), it is important to understand life in poverty to better serve clients, customers and constituents. A poverty simulation...

Nancy Finegood, Executive Director of MHPN and CEDAM Partner Announces Retirement
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Nancy Finegood, Executive Director of MHPN and CEDAM Partner Announces Retirement

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) is a CEDAM partner. Nancy Finegood, executive director of MHPN, who is retiring in March 2019, has been an important voice and leader for community economic development and historic preservation in Michigan. The following letter by Denise McGeen, president of the MHPN Board of Directors, was initially announced through email...

CEDAM member Jefferson East, Inc. Helps Detroiters Save on Property Taxes
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CEDAM member Jefferson East, Inc. Helps Detroiters Save on Property Taxes

CEDAM member Jefferson East, Inc. (JEI) has been a catalyst for community economic development in the five neighborhoods they serve along the east Jefferson corridor in Detroit since 1994. From the East Jefferson Development Corporation to their Clean and Safe program, the organization does a lot to empower its residents and invest in the community....

Why Can’t We Build Public Support for Affordable Housing and Community Development?
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Why Can’t We Build Public Support for Affordable Housing and Community Development?

By Emily Reyst, communications & training associate    On Wednesday, August 22, Dr. Tiffany Manuel, originally from Detroit herself, took to the podium at our annual Developing Vibrant Communities conference and delivered an inspiring, thought-provoking and engaging presentation on how to build public support for affordable housing and community economic development work in Michigan. A...

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Federal Budget Update: What’s Happening with Housing?

By Jessica AcMoody There is hopeful news to come out of Washington D.C. this month for affordable housing and community economic development. The Senate, ignoring the President’s proposal for deep funding cuts and policy changes to raise rents, voted in early August 92-6 to approve the FY19 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending...

Stories on the Dangers of Payday Loans (Project Green’s 390 Initiative)
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Stories on the Dangers of Payday Loans (Project Green’s 390 Initiative)

I can think of many reasons—390 to be exact—as to why payday loans hurt communities. Payday loans are high-cost, short term loans with fees equivalent to APRs as high as 390 percent. Lenders of these loans advertise using stock photos of friendly faces and smiling staff promising to help people out when they need “cash,...

Meet Your Developing Vibrant Communities 2018 Keynote Speakers
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Meet Your Developing Vibrant Communities 2018 Keynote Speakers

Developing Vibrant Communities (DVC), CDAD & CEDAM’s annual conference, provides our members and other attendees with the tools and skills needed to transform Michigan’s communities. Through the lens of inclusion, workshops address all things related to financial empowerment and community economic development work, including community engagement, children’s savings accounts, real estate development, fundraising and more. Our...

Summer Heat is a Good Reminder to Claim the Michigan Home Heating Credit
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Summer Heat is a Good Reminder to Claim the Michigan Home Heating Credit

This summer has seen multiple days of 90 degree + weather so far, and my guess is the last thing anyone is probably thinking about is heating their home. However,  if those eligible have not applied for the Michigan Home Heating Credit, then they should. Believe it or not, soon enough these long, hot summer...