Blog Posts Categorized: All Things CEDAM

Delray Neighborhood, Detroit

Delray resident Scott Brines points at a house in the neighborhood. “This house should be white.” The house is located near a metal processing plant, one of many different industries that at this point have practically consumed the Delray neighborhood. Scott looks at the rust-tinted house. “People have been breathing in that fine metal dust for… Read more »

People & Places: Part 1 (of 4)

CEDAM’s national partner NACEDA, along with several other organizations, hosted the People & Places Conference in Washington D.C. March 4-6 bringing together community-based organizations from every corner of the country to showcase the effectiveness, resolve and passion of those working daily to improve lives in America’s most challenged neighborhoods. This was an opportunity to share… Read more »

National Disappearance of CHDOs due to HOME

Recently CEDAM attended a national summit for community economic development associations. One of the roundtables focused on HUD’s HOME program and the 2013 HOME rule change that has resulted in mass disappearance of CHDOs across the country. Summary of HOME Rule Change State Impacts [PDF] The conversation covered problems states are facing with the HOME rule change,… Read more »

10 Place-Based Holiday Activities in Michigan

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or some combination of many holidays, it is a time of year where the hustle and bustle is in high gear and the holiday spirit is shining. People exchange gifts and laughs, holiday parties are constant and many people take time… Read more »


By Nancy Lindman, Director of Public Policy & Partnerships, Michigan Association of United Ways What if I if I eliminated all the extras from my budget – how much money would I need to live in Ingham County?  Before meeting ALICE, I really didn’t know what it would cost for just the very basics: food,… Read more »

Funding Sources for Community Economic Development

Below are some of the best places to use when you are seeking funding for community economic development in Michigan. CEDAM members can log in here to see more grant tools and our list of foundations and businesses that fund CED. KBS Funding Resources provides an up-to-date list of funding opportunities in Michigan. MSU Funding Center lists Michigan grant sources… Read more »

Welcoming the Next Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps Members

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 10,627. That’s the number of homeowners facing foreclosure served through intake and triage by AmeriCorps members in the 2012-2013 program year. 30,000…. Read more »

Utility Data & Energy Efficiency Pilot Programs

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist Organizations that utilize grants or other federal programs to fund projects understand that reporting and data are important, constant indicators of program monitoring and success. Gathering and processing data can be time consuming and tedious for everybody involved. Making Data Collection Easier A variety of software applications… Read more »

Partners for Rural America Conference Recap

By Jessica AcMoody, Policy & Program Specialist I recently had the opportunity to travel to Wyoming for the Partners for Rural America (PRA) annual summer conference. The conference highlights rural economic development around the country, and gives members of PRA an opportunity to share exciting rural development going on in their state as well as… Read more »