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...

Saint Johns fellow a key player in moving zoning, rebrand, other initiatives forward
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Saint Johns fellow a key player in moving zoning, rebrand, other initiatives forward

When it comes to building strong communities, every person has potential to make a big difference. CEDAM’s Community Development Fellowship places individuals in communities across Michigan that are engaged or certified in Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC). These fellows serve for 15 months across a wide range of projects. The program is managed with support from the...

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...

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

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,...

Staff Feature: From intern to program coordinator, Bevertone Anyonga talks about his journey to a career in community development
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Staff Feature: From intern to program coordinator, Bevertone Anyonga talks about his journey to a career in community development

Bevertone Anyonga has been CEDAM’s program coordinator for just over a year. His journey into the community economic development field, however, started around six years ago in Kenya. For our latest staff feature, CEDAM’s Emily Reyst sat down with Bevertone to discuss why he cares so much about this work, and why he chose to...

Program evaluation part 2: Systematic thinking to inform and enhance your evaluation process
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Program evaluation part 2: Systematic thinking to inform and enhance your evaluation process

This blog is part two of a mini-series on program evaluation. Read part one. Good intentions and reasonable approaches can’t guarantee an effective program, but systematic evaluation can help us get closer to achieving our objectives. Program evaluation is the process of investigating the effectiveness of programs in ways that are adapted to their specific...

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...