[This post is part of the monthly CEDAM Member News Roundup series.  If you have news to share/an event to promote, send it our way or leave a message in the comments section at the bottom of this post.]

Dwelling Place is transforming an old, abandoned Holland middle school into an affordable housing community. Construction started this month and will continue until fall next year. The project is intended for seniors who want to live closer to downtown and don’t want to have a car; it will have affordable apartments, a roof deck, and green space in the form of a landscaped walkway.

Bay Area Housing will renovate this home at 100 E. Gary Street in Bay City.

Bay Area Housing, Inc. started renovating four homes in Bay City this month with funding from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program and MSHDA. There are already interested buyers for the homes. People in the neighborhood are happy to see the previously rundown properties cleaned up and renovated. Click for news article.

September was a great month for grants and awards. Allen Neighborhood Center received a $10,000 grant from the City of Lansing for a new initiative called Eastside Living that will provide support services to EastSide seniors.

Northern Initiatives got a $100,000 grant to provide technical assistance under the USDA Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program, allowing Northern Initiatives to provide more counties with assistance than before and with a higher loan cap.

At CEDAM, we received a $25,000 grant for equipment to create 24 hours of cable programming called On the Bright Side about positive community development stories around Michigan. The Asset Building Policy Project also got a grant from the National Community Tax Coalition to set up self-preparation tax sites in partnership with the Assets for Independence Coalition.

Upcoming Events

Southwest Solutions’ inspiring breakfast event Solutions at Sunrise is on October 6th. Over 1,000 guests are registered to attend. The event is Wednesday, so hurry and register if you plan on going. Event

Community Housing Network’s annual fundraiser will Raise the Roof on Affordable Housing October 14th. Celebrate 10 years of helping people with disabilities! Event

The CEDAM CCDI foreclosure training session (October 20th) and asset building training session (October 21st) are open to anyone and incredibly useful for those involved in foreclosure/asset building, respectively. Spread the word. More Information

The Financial Institutions Community Development Conference, which centers around positive changes in Detroit and ways to continue moving forward, is on October 29th. The conference is free and breakfast and lunch are included. Event

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