How Gov. Whitmer’s $100 million MHCDF funding proposal could expand affordable housing and shape Michigan’s economy
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How Gov. Whitmer’s $100 million MHCDF funding proposal could expand affordable housing and shape Michigan’s economy

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her proposal to allocate $100 million for the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund (MHCDF). These funds would be used for rental housing, rehabs, home ownership projects, and downtown development initiatives to alleviate affordable housing needs in Michigan. On a broader scale, this funding would have ripples of impact across...

Using Children’s Savings Accounts for Economic Inclusion: A Q&A with Bonnie Gettys, Rep. Julie Calley and Jessica AcMoody
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Using Children’s Savings Accounts for Economic Inclusion: A Q&A with Bonnie Gettys, Rep. Julie Calley and Jessica AcMoody

At CEDAM, one of our current policy priorities is to secure statewide funding for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs), which are community-led programs that automatically enroll students in interest-bearing accounts that will grow until they graduate from high school. These programs are designed to improve family financial literacy, boost educational attainment for low-income children, promote post-secondary...

Driving recovery and inclusion: A Q&A with Joan Nelson, Kristi James and Jessica AcMoody about community economic development
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Driving recovery and inclusion: A Q&A with Joan Nelson, Kristi James and Jessica AcMoody about community economic development

In our first Summer of CEDAM webinar, we had the opportunity to discuss how community economic development can be used to uplift Michigan communities as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. At CEDAM, we believe that economic growth begins with access and equity – and that’s why we placed special emphasis on community economic development...

Why community economic development can be used as a tool to promote equity
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Why community economic development can be used as a tool to promote equity

At the end of the day, community economic development (CED) is about equity.  The idea of “community” goes far beyond the residential block — communities set the stage for residents, families, and countless generations to grow and thrive. They encompass a cohesive, nuanced system of all things in our environment that impact our well-being: businesses,...

CEDAM AmeriCorps member Suzanne Fenske brings varied experiences and a passion for service to Community Housing Network
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CEDAM AmeriCorps member Suzanne Fenske brings varied experiences and a passion for service to Community Housing Network

Like many things in life, Suzanne Fenske found AmeriCorps when she wasn’t looking for it. She first learned about the program after attending financial education events and classes. The presenter, who was the AmeriCorps manager where she currently serves, told her about the AmeriCorps opportunity — and the rest is history.  Suzanne, who was looking...

Community leaders: 3 ways to use your federal stimulus to reduce poverty
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Community leaders: 3 ways to use your federal stimulus to reduce poverty

By Luke Forrest As we emerge from a pandemic that hit low-income workers and children inordinately hard, your community will soon deal with an injection of money that could have unprecedented impacts on eliminating poverty. As the head of a nonprofit that has worked on anti-poverty issues since 1998, I can’t state strongly enough that...

Governor Whitmer’s Budget Proposal Includes funding for key community economic development initiatives
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Governor Whitmer’s Budget Proposal Includes funding for key community economic development initiatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 11, 2021 Whitmer’s budget recommendations include $2 million for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) programs and $10 million for the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund (MHCDF) LANSING, MI—Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal released today includes appropriations for key community economic development initiatives. The proposal includes $2 million for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)...

CDC National Eviction Moratorium only delays the coming wave of evictions, Congress must take action
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CDC National Eviction Moratorium only delays the coming wave of evictions, Congress must take action

By Benjamin Andrews, junior policy associate The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a nationwide eviction moratorium on Friday, September 4. The CDC recognizes the necessity of sanitation, distancing, and quarantining throughout this pandemic, and that these precautions are best enabled by people remaining stably housed. The moratorium—in place until December 31, 2020—is an important...

Housing is Out of Reach in Michigan for Low-Wage Workers
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Housing is Out of Reach in Michigan for Low-Wage Workers

Michiganders earning minimum wage must work 57 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental home Michigan, July 14—The National Low Income Housing Coalition released their latest Out of Reach report, highlighting the significant gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing across the United States. Low wages, wage disparities, racial inequalities, and...