Member News Roundup ~ October

[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.]

The Tuohy family. Photo from the ICCF event ticket.

In October this year, the National Foreclosure Mitigation Program announced that over 1,000,000 families across the nation have sought and received foreclosure intervention counseling from over 1,700 nonprofit counseling organizations funded by the Program. These numbers include the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), which recently reached 17,000 homeowners served since 2008.

The Center For Financial Health in Lansing and East Lansing is also helping residents save their homes from foreclosure through housing counseling and financial workshops. An article published in the Lansing State Journal tells the story of how the Center helped Tamaris Tangui keep her home. The Center has also been busy trying to solve some of the bank-error foreclosure cases that gave rise to the foreclosure freeze in Michigan earlier this month.

The Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF) brought in the couple who inspired the movie “The Blind Side” to Grand Rapids for a fundraiser to talk about the message of giving. ICCF provides affordable housing to low-income families and works to strengthen communities in Grand Rapids. Get inspiration from this news article about the Tuohy family and the ICCF.

Focus: HOPE 2010 walk in Detroit.

Focus: HOPE held its 36th annual walk on October 10th to celebrate diversity and fight racism, poverty, and injustice. Funds raised from the walk will go towards scholarships and community development projects.

Shelter of Flint has a new executive director: Anne Grantner. Anne has been working with the shelter since 2002, and many say her dedication to the shelter’s mission makes her a good fit for the executive director position. Anne moved her office out of the administrative building and into the shelter with other staff soon after she was hired into her new job. Read more here.

Susan Mosey, president of the University Cultural Center Association (UCCA), and all of the great work the nonprofit has done for Midtown in Detroit were featured in this positive article from the Detroit News. UCCA also is one of the organizations that will help coordinate $21 million towards Detroit to boost urban vitality and promote locally owned businesses.

Upcoming Events

Elections are tomorrow! Last-minute election information and resources are here on our website, including candidate guides. (See the Candidate Information heading; notes on the CEDAM candidate guide and a link to other guides are directly below.)

CEDAM CCDI Managing Single Family Rehabilitation (December 7th) and Green Development and Weatherization (December 8th) sessions are open for registration. There are no prerequisites to take the classes. The cost for each class is $35 for CEDAM members, $70 for nonmembers. Contact Jessica AcMoody to register ( – 517.485.3588).