Michigan Communities for Responsible Lending Coalition to Tackle Payday Loans
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Michigan Communities for Responsible Lending Coalition to Tackle Payday Loans

By Emily Reyst, communications & training associate Background In July, CEDAM established the Michigan Communities for Responsible Lending (MCRL) coalition, its goal being to create opportunities for Michigan residents to build and save assets, improve access to quality financial education and connect borrowers to affordable financial products. The coalition plans to address the payday lending...

Let’s Not Cheat Two Generations from Meeting their Full Potential
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Let’s Not Cheat Two Generations from Meeting their Full Potential

By Alicia Guevara Warren, Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP)  For those of us who have kids, the struggles of being a new parent are unforgettable. Kids don’t come with a handbook or instruction booklet, and we often feel like we are learning as we go along. It doesn’t matter how old you were when you...

Proposed Public Charge Changes Puts Housing, Health and Economic Well-being at Risk for Michigan’s Immigrant Families
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Proposed Public Charge Changes Puts Housing, Health and Economic Well-being at Risk for Michigan’s Immigrant Families

By Rep. Steve Tobocman, executive director of Global Detroit Michigan’s immigrant story is deeply woven into the history of the state. Take my grandfather, Morris Tobocman, who immigrated to Detroit from Poland a century ago to pursue the American Dream. He had almost no formal education, arrived penniless and knew no English. Like so many...

Michigan’s 2018 Ballot Proposals: A Breakdown
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Michigan’s 2018 Ballot Proposals: A Breakdown

Michigan’s 2018 Ballot Proposals By Trenton Sabo, junior policy associate Ballot Proposal 1: The Legalization of Marijuana The legalization of marijuana is extremely popular in the State of Michigan. A clickondetroit.com poll found that Michigan residents in every age classification, with the exception of 65+, supported the universal legalization of marijuana in the state by...

Introducing New CEDAM Team Member Troy Villanueva, Housing Policy Associate
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Introducing New CEDAM Team Member Troy Villanueva, Housing Policy Associate

By Camille Allen, junior communications associate CEDAM is excited to welcome Troy Villanueva, CEDAM’s new housing policy associate, to the team! A safe, affordable home (whether a rental or your own home) is critical to improving health, education and economic outcomes for families. Homeownership can be an important way to build equity and can be...

Eviction is Heartbreaking, and it’s Solvable: Lessons from Matthew Desmond
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Eviction is Heartbreaking, and it’s Solvable: Lessons from Matthew Desmond

By Emily Reyst, communications and training associate Ashamed, heartbroken, inspired—I felt it all within a short period of thirty minutes. If you’ve read Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, or if you’ve had the opportunity to hear him speak, these sentiments likely resonate with you. Desmond is...

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...

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...

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...