CEDAM AmeriCorps Member Feature: Alex Makohn Serves to Empower Detroit Residents
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CEDAM AmeriCorps Member Feature: Alex Makohn Serves to Empower Detroit Residents

By Christopher Wardell, administrative assistant CEDAM AmeriCorps member Alexandra Makohn recently graduated from Michigan State with a BA in international development, but before starting her full-time career, she wanted another experience. She saw a real need to help people live and afford a home in her own neighborhood, so she set out to find ways...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Where Detroit Happens: A Block by Block Tour

On Wednesday, September 20, I drove down to Detroit to participate in day three of CDAD’s Community Development Week. Over the course of the week CEDAM’s partner, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, hosted tours, workshops and other events to promote community development careers, practices and projects. Sessions included: Who’s Got Next? Careers in Community Development;...

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Metrics that Matter (A DVC Session Preview)

Written by Brian Rakovitis, Manger of Financial Empowerment Initiatives  Data is merely a four letter word, but it can cause any organization a great deal of anxiety. Regardless the size of our organizations — from nonprofits to large corporations, from small businesses to trade associations —  it’s likely we all stress over the type of...

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Honoring Gene Kuthy, Community Economic Development Champion

Gene Kuthy AwardGene Kuthy believed in people and the organizations they created. He always wanted to be a part of those organizations that were designed by, and served, our most vulnerable populations and communities. With these efforts, he was a consummate board member. He helped to form CEDAM in 1998, seeing the need to create...

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Storytelling: Crafting Your Message for Digital Platforms (A DVC Session Preview)

If you’re an organization working in community development or financial capability, it might feel like you’re constantly being reminded of the importance of storytelling. You know our industry should be talking about its work — specifically about the communities and people you serve. People enjoy reading about people after all, and the benefits are often...