State House Committee Advances Payday Loan Expansion Bill
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State House Committee Advances Payday Loan Expansion Bill

  HB 5097 allows loans of up to $2,500 with fees equivalent to 132% APR Lansing, MI – The House Regulatory Reform Committee voted to advance a bill today that would allow payday lenders to offer longer-term loans that put vulnerable Michiganders at risk.  HB 5097 would allow loans of up to $2,500 with fees...

Governor Whitmer announces sensible policy for Michigan assistance programs
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Governor Whitmer announces sensible policy for Michigan assistance programs

By Ross Yednock, Director of the MEIC at CEDAM Michigan policy has long held our state’s families living in or near poverty back from saving for emergencies and planning for the future. That has now changed, thanks to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement earlier this year that increased asset limits for three Michigan assistance programs. As...

Meet our new events & membership specialist, Shawn Masters!
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Meet our new events & membership specialist, Shawn Masters!

CEDAM is excited to welcome and introduce our new events & membership specialist, Shawn Masters! Shawn joins our team with a long history working in the nonprofit sector and a strong connection to our organization’s mission.  Emily: Tell me about your experience in the nonprofit world? Shawn: My very first experience with nonprofit work, I...

Welcome, LEO: New state department provides momentum to tackle economic opportunity challenges
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Welcome, LEO: New state department provides momentum to tackle economic opportunity challenges

By Luke Forrest, executive director This week marks the official start date of Michigan’s newest state agency, the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). It’s not an event that seems to have garnered much attention, which maybe isn’t surprising given that it’s August—it’s been more than two months since the department was first announced,...

Can we work to solve the climate crisis by fighting the affordable housing crisis? 
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Can we work to solve the climate crisis by fighting the affordable housing crisis? 

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate As temperatures rise, carbon emissions skyrocket, and severe weather continues to strike, cities and communities across the nation are seeking dynamic local policy solutions to combat the growing climate crisis. There is little debate that can discredit the reality that the climate is changing. According to a UN Intergovernmental...

Out of Reach Report Reveals Gap Between Renters’ Wages and Housing Costs in Michigan
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Out of Reach Report Reveals Gap Between Renters’ Wages and Housing Costs in Michigan

STATEWIDE CONTACTS Emily Reyst Communications & Training Specialist, CEDAM emily@cedamichigan.org | 517.485.3588 Eric Hufnagel Executive Director, MCAH ehufnagel@mihomeless.org |517-853-3885 Housing is Out of Reach in Michigan for Low-Wage Workers Michiganders earning minimum wage must work 58 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental home Michigan, June 18—The National Low Income Housing Coalition released their...

Fellow Feature: The Unique Opportunity for Small Towns to Achieve Energy Goals
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Fellow Feature: The Unique Opportunity for Small Towns to Achieve Energy Goals

By Heather Nugen, Eaton Rapids community development fellow I moved to Eaton Rapids, Michigan last fall as part of CEDAM’s year-long community development fellowship. I have been living in larger urban areas for most of my life, but cities with lush landscapes aren’t unfamiliar to me. I grew up in Spokane, Washington, never more than...

Community Investment Tax Credit Programs: Catalysts for Locally-driven Solutions
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Community Investment Tax Credit Programs: Catalysts for Locally-driven Solutions

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate Community Development Corporations (CDCs) address a wide-range of problems and are well positioned to do the work their community needs and wants. While CDCs have the potential to address local issues in their community, their funding models often limit what they are able to accomplish. The limitations under the...

Redlining, I-496 and Lansing’s African-American Community
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Redlining, I-496 and Lansing’s African-American Community

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate On a sunny Saturday afternoon at the South Lansing Capitol District Library, Dr. John Aerni-Flessner stood in front of a packed room of Lansing community members. The MSU Residential College for the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) assistant professor was there to present the early findings from a research project...