CEDAM receives $100,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation

The grant will help CEDAM connect Michiganders to critical financial resources and services Lansing, MI – The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) has received a $100,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation supporting CEDAM’s economic inclusion programs. By engaging a diverse coalition of community organizations, CEDAM will work to connect all Michiganders with […]

CEDAM members are uniquely positioned to support the Governor’s MI New Economy Plan

CEDAM knows Michigan cannot achieve a prosperous, equitable economy without investments in core assets like housing and broadband. As we work to recover from the COVID-19 global pandemic, significant investments in our people and in our infrastructure are more critical than ever to create vibrant communities.  That’s why we were thrilled to be a part […]

CEDAM AmeriCorps host site Community Housing Network collaborates to combat homelessness

With an extreme shortage of affordable housing across Michigan, CEDAM AmeriCorps members are playing a vital role for host organizations like Community Housing Network (CHN). CHN serves Oakland and Macomb counties by helping residents find and maintain stable housing. Our first AmeriCorps member joined CHN in the fall of 2011 to serve their community in […]

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

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]