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 […]

Redlining, I-496 and Lansing’s African-American Community

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate On a sunny Saturday afternoon at the South Lansing Capitol District Library, Dr. John Aerni-Flessner stood in front of a packed room of Lansing community members. The MSU Residential College for the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) assistant professor was there to present the early findings from a research project […]

CEDAM AmeriCorps Member Feature: Alex Makohn Serves to Empower Detroit Residents

Alex Makohn helps a client

By Christopher Wardell, administrative assistant CEDAM AmeriCorps member Alexandra Makohn recently graduated from Michigan State with a BA in international development, but before starting her full-time career, she wanted another experience. She saw a real need to help people live and afford a home in her own neighborhood, so she set out to find ways […]

Introducing New CEDAM Team Member Troy Villanueva, Housing Policy Associate

Troy Villanueva

By Camille Allen, junior communications associate CEDAM is excited to welcome Troy Villanueva, CEDAM’s new housing policy associate, to the team! A safe, affordable home (whether a rental or your own home) is critical to improving health, education and economic outcomes for families. Homeownership can be an important way to build equity and can be […]

CEDAM member Jefferson East, Inc. Helps Detroiters Save on Property Taxes

CEDAM member Jefferson East, Inc. (JEI) has been a catalyst for community economic development in the five neighborhoods they serve along the east Jefferson corridor in Detroit since 1994. From the East Jefferson Development Corporation to their Clean and Safe program, the organization does a lot to empower its residents and invest in the community. […]

Homeownership and the American Dream

The benefits of homeownership are many, but not everyone wants to own a home or is ready to—and we should support that.   June is National Homeownership Month. It is part of an annual effort by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the White House, […]