What Economic Security Should Mean in an American Context

This post was originally published by the University of Michigan Center Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion.  Guest Author: Professor William Elliott, University of Michigan Economic security requires both income (enough to live by) and assets (something to live for). However, discussions about economic security in America can never seem to get beyond income policies. […]

Michigan legislature includes $2M for Children’s Savings Accounts in 2021-22 budget

On September 22, 2021, the Michigan legislature passed the almost $70 billion 2021-22 state budget with bipartisan support. Among community development resources for community revitalization, placemaking, and workforce development, CEDAM is especially excited for the State’s $2 million investment in Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs). This first-of-its-kind investment into Michigan’s growing CSA field provides $1 million […]

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 […]

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 […]

Children’s Savings Accounts 101: What they are and why they’re important

Over the past few years, Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) programs have been increasing in popularity across Michigan. These initiatives have been proven to strengthen inter-generational financial stability and increase the likelihood that a student will continue education after high school. But what are they, exactly, and how are they helping Michigan students and communities?  In […]

CEDAM to spotlight the impact of Children’s Savings Accounts on generational wealth

The organization’s July 12 webinar will host a state representative and foundation leader to discuss firsthand experience with Children’s Savings Account programs in Michigan. LANSING — The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) will highlight a groundbreaking savings program to close the wealth gap on July 12 as part of their Summer of CEDAM […]

Boosting Earned Income Tax Credits participation to combat poverty & build community

1 in 5 Michigan households aren’t claiming tax credits they’ve earned — but we can do something about it Authors: Brian Rakovitis and Madeleine March-Meenagh State and Federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) are important anti-poverty programs that provide financial relief to hard-working, low-income Michigan households. At an average EITC value of $2,461 per federal […]

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 […]