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Where have we been?

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Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
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Updates from CEDAM

Thursday, September 23

Bi-partisan budget agreement includes funding for Children’s Savings Accounts

Today, the Michigan legislature passed a fiscal year 2021–22 budget ahead of the October 1 statutory requirement. In total, the General Fund budget is $11.8 billion. When combined with the $17 billion K‑12 school aid budget already signed and federal funds, the governor said the total budget would be just under $70 billion.

The budget agreement includes $2 million in funding for Children’s Savings Accounts, one of CEDAM’s top policy priorities. Other highlights include: 

  • $100 million for community revitalization and placemaking grants to support economic development in local communities
  • Increased funding for workforce development including $55 million for the Michigan Reconnect program, $25 million for Futures for Frontliners program, $40 million for the Going PRO program, and $8 million for pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship training programs that will expand Michigan’s talent pool in the construction and building trades
  • Increases in funding for childcare including $108.1 million to increase the amount of children eligible for child care by increasing income eligibility to 185% through FY23, $158 million for an ongoing 30 percent rate increase for childcare providers, $36.5 million over three years to expand the number of childcare spaces for infants and toddlers
  • A two percent increase in statutory revenue sharing (cities and villages receive revenue earmarked by the state constitution and statute to help pay for core governmental services) 
  • Funding for a new Office of Rural Development within MDARD

The governor plans to sign the bipartisan budget into law before the end of the month.

The legislature is expected to take up American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding in supplemental bills released throughout the fall and spring. CEDAM will continue to advocate for using ARPA funding for affordable housing and community economic development needs across the state.

 

Governor Whitmer announces $2.1 billion MI New Economy plan

CEDAM’s Executive Director Luke Forrest joined Governor Whitmer at her press conference on September 20 announcing her MI New Economy” plan. The $2.1 billion proposal focuses on three pillars: Growing the middle class, supporting small businesses, and investing in communities.

Included in each of these pillars are ambitious goals that will help track progress to achieving prosperous, resilient communities. Falling under the investing in communities pillar are two goals that directly align with CEDAM’s policy priorities

  • 100% access to high-speed internet and 95% adoption by households during the next five years
  • 75,000 new or rehabilitated housing units in five years

Goals from the other pillars include lifting 100,000 families out of working poverty within five years, provide affordable or no cost childcare for 150,000 families by 2024, and move Michigan to be a top 10 state for small business job growth and income growth, among several others. 

Read more about the plan and a statement from our ED Luke Forrest here

 

Federal Advocacy Alert — Build Back Better Plan

This month the House Financial Services Committee approved legislation to boost federal spending for affordable housing by $322 billion. The House committee’s bill represents the largest infusion of affordable housing resources in US history.

House and Senate leaders are making critical decisions right now about how much to invest in affordable housing in the upcoming Build Back Better Act. Take action today!

    • Contact your senators and representatives and urge them to include full funding for the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s HoUSed campaign’s priorities in the infrastructure and economic recovery package.
    • Join more than 1,500 organizations nationwide in signing the HoUSed campaign letter. This letter is one of the most effective ways to show congressional leaders the broad support for the HoUSed campaign’s priorities for the infrastructure/economic recovery bill.
    • Advocacy resources:
    • View a breakdown of how much your state will receive if the HTF is funded at $37 billion here
    • Share the latest information on housing needs in your state.
    • View a breakdown by race/ethnicity of households at different income levels here.

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Thursday, September 23 

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