Who We Are
Organized by Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit (BECDD) and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), the “Neighborhoods and Communities Coalition” (NACC) for a MI Community Investment Tax Credit, is a group of concerned housing and community economic development professionals, local government officials, local job providers, and community development advocates committed to establishing a source of new long-term sustainable support for locally-based revitalization efforts in neighborhoods and rural communities. Fourteen other states already have some form of this tax credit.
Michigan has a strong and resilient economy that benefits all of its residents, built upon successful and prospering urban neighborhoods and rural communities, large and small, throughout the state.
The Change We Seek (or “Our Goal”)
The Coalition seeks to establish, in statute, a Michigan Community Investment Tax Credit (MICITC), a 50% tax credit allocated to private corporate and individual donors which support state-certified Community Economic Development organizations, to increase and diversify their ability to invest in Michigan communities and neighborhoods. To this end, we are working with state legislators, the Executive branch, and other key stakeholders to pass legislation creating a state Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC).
Michigan Needs Community Investment Now
Michigan faces a number of challenges including:
- Lack of Housing
In many Michigan communities, there is a well-documented shortage of affordable housing. In these communities, local businesses cannot attract workers because there simply is no place for their workers to live.
- Lack of investors for small- to medium-sized projects
Communities know their problems- and how to solve them.
Very large community development projects have tax incentives to attract investors. Small- to medium-sized neighborhood and rural community revitalization projects are often overlooked because they lack the same tools to attract investors.
- Government can’t do it all
Over the past 8 years, federal neighborhood programs have been drastically cut. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) has been cut by $1.1 billion and HOME has been cut by $46 million. Governments and local economic development organizations are trying to do more with less.
- The ultimate beneficiaries of the work of the Coalition are residents of Michigan’s neighborhoods and rural communities.
- All members of the Steering Committee and the Coalition are equal partners in helping to meet the mission of the Coalition.
- All perspectives and points of view are important and should be respected, even when disagreements occur.
- Public-private partnerships to leverage more support for our local communities, will benefit everyone
NACC is working together as a unified coalition of diverse organizations and individuals, to achieve our shared goal by:
- Agreeing to shared strategies, as articulated in written Coalition work plans;
- Holding regular coalition calls or meetings;
- Empowering a 10-person Coalition Steering Committee, representing coalition members across the whole State; the Steering Committee will:
- Meet biweekly to provide coalition leadership and direction,
- Seek coalition member input on key decisions through timely communication,
- Work toward consensus in its decision making whenever possible,
- Provide advocacy tools to Coalition members (research, sample letters, concept papers, issue summaries);
- Organize advocacy opportunities (meetings with key legislators in their districts or in Lansing), and
- Seek the approval of individual coalition members before releasing any public coalition letters or other printed materials that list coalition members individually.
Join the Michigan Neighborhoods and Communities Coalition!
We need your help to pass legislation establishing an MI Community Investment Tax Credit (MICITC), a 50% state tax credit allocated to private corporate and individual donors which support state-certified community economic development organizations, to increase and diversify their ability to invest in Michigan communities and neighborhoods. This effort will require the support of coalition members in various ways. Sign on and tell us ways you are willing to be involved: