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...

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,...

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...

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...

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Foreclosure Intervention Specialist Jael Cain Shares Client Story

Written by Jael Cain Hello, my name is Jael Cain and I am an AmeriCorps Foreclosure Intervention Specialist at Wayne Metro Community Action Agency! In this position my focus is to help people who are at risk of losing their homes. This is my second year as an AmeriCorps member and it has been especially...

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Step Forward Michigan Program Helps Struggling Homeowners

Written by Chad Coffman Financial troubles can strike suddenly. An unexpected expense, sudden job loss or medical emergency can make it hard for a family to pay its mortgage, property taxes or condominium fees. Fortunately, the statewide Step Forward Michigan program can help homeowners stay in their homes by giving them the money they need...

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A Look Back at May: National Community Action Month

May was National Community Action month! Throughout May, attention was drawn to the role that Community Action Agencies have in helping low-income families achieve economic stability. Several governors and mayors around the U.S., including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, proclaimed May “Community Action Month”. Snyder stated: “[C]ommunity action has put a human face on poverty for...

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Placemaking: For Anyone, Or Everyone?

Written by Susan Wenzlick, Department of Environmental Quality One of the buzzwords you hear a lot in arts and cultural circles is inclusion. Audiences for arts and culture have historically been overwhelmingly white, middle and upper income, and they are aging. Museums, symphonies, operas, and ballets recognize that they need to diversify their programming and attract...

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Call for Presenters for People & Places 2017

Written by Suzanne Gunther and Nina Arce, NACEDA A lot great things are happening in Michigan and we’re eager to share the tremendous accomplishments of Michigan’s community development sector on the national stage. Join us for the largest gathering of community development professionals in the country at People & Places 2017. Mark your calendars for May 31-June 2 in...