Member News Roundup ~ January

It is not every day that you can support a CEDAM member by eating chocolate, and it’s not too late to do so: Underground Railroad Inc.’s Chocolate Lovers Benefit is Sunday the 31st in Saginaw. Attendees will get to sample chocolates and other novelties from local shops, see a live performance by Walt Evans, and participate in a silent auction. See more information and RSVP online or pay at the door.

Alger-Marquette Community Action Board’s weatherization program, which is free to income-eligible households in the area, saves homeowners an average of 24% on energy costs. Joe Pirante, the housing director at AMCAB, says that in many cases the biggest factor in energy savings is the home’s heating system itself. Having a heating contractor clean and tune the system every few years will improve efficiency. More in this news article.

Ingham County Land Bank will be one of the eight land banks aided by NSP2 grant money awarded to Michigan for neighborhood revitalization. News article.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries received a tremendous donation of furniture from Art Van Furniture, who partnered with the daytime drama “Days of our Lives” and local NBC affiliate WDIV Channel 4. Read more.

Southwest Housing Solutions Corp received $4 million from the U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘Pathways out of Poverty’ training grant. The grant money will be used to train disadvantaged Detroit residents for green jobs in areas such as weatherization, deconstruction and material reuse, renewable energy, forestry, and urban agriculture. Go here for more on Pathways out of Poverty, or see Southwest Solutions’ article.

Michigan Receives $224 Million for NSP2

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Michigan $223.9 million recently as part of the second phase of the government’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2) to rebuild local economies, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program is intended to facilitate and stimulate neighborhood stabilization programs to fight the effects of home foreclosures.  Michigan received the single largest grant, 11% of the $2 billion pool. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) submitted a collaborative application on behalf of twelve local cities and eight land banks.

Left to right: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, US Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan praised the unique application when he visited Detroit to award the grant. Under Michigan’s distinctive plan, local cities will work in conjunction with land banks to create affordable housing, generate jobs, and stimulate property redevelopment in an effort to combat the challenges to the state’s housing sector. Specifically, the money will be used to acquire thousands of foreclosed, abandoned and blighted properties in targeted areas. These properties will be rehabilitated, demolished or placed in land banks for future development. Since Michigan received most of the money it requested, state officials do not expect major revisions to the state spending plan.

CEDAM congratulates MSHDA and the members of the Michigan NSP2 consortium. We look forward to the new collaborative community development this grant will support.

NACEDA/Enterprise Webinar on Green Communities Criteria

Mark your calendars: NACEDA/Enterprise Webinar on Green Communities Criteria
(day-of registration only)

Is your organization working to develop green affordable housing in your community? Are you interested in learning more about green building methods to support more sustainable communities?

NACEDA invites you and your members to join Enterprise Community Partners for a webinar introducing their Green Communities Criteria for affordable housing, now being applied to projects across the country. This webinar is geared specifically to CDCs and serves as a training on how to implement the Criteria to build healthy communities.

Registration is day-of, but space is limited, so be sure to log-on in advance!

More below:

Overview of Green Communities Criteria
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
90 minutes beginning 2:00 PM EST

Enterprise’s Green Communities initiative is the first national green building program developed for affordable housing. The technical criteria is the foundation of the program and focuses on smart land use, energy and water conservation, environmentally sustainable materials, and healthy living environments. This training provides an introduction to the Green Communities Criteria, including examples of green building methods and materials referenced in the Criteria.

Instructions for joining the online meeting on Jan. 26
1. Go to:  [link]
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Click “Join Now”.
4. WebEx’s “Meeting Manager” software will load. This can take several minutes.
5. Toll-free dial-in numbers for the audio will appear in a pop-up box once the meeting has launched. Be sure to input both the meeting number and the attendee ID number when prompted by the operator.

If you have questions, e-mail resources@enterprisecommunity.org

Foreclosure Task Force: Free Foreclosure Workshops

Task Force members,

Mission of Peace is bringing free NeighborWorks training to Detroit at the end of February.  Please see below and this document for details and registration.


Mission of Peace is happy to announce 2 free foreclosure workshops training opportunities for housing counseling agencies.  Mission of Peace in partnership with NeighborWorks America will be bring the following courses to Detroit, MI: HO252 Effective Group and Telephone Foreclosure Counseling Strategies and HO321 Developing Effective Loss Mitigation Negotiation and Sales Skills.  NeighborWorks America will be conducting the training classes.  The classes will be held February 22-25, 2010.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to the attendees. Class size is limited and the registration deadline is February 12, 2010.  If you have any questions, please send an email to mopc@aol.com.

Event Name: Mission of Peace

Invitation Code: NPBT02MI2010

Dates: 2/22/2010 – 2/25/2010

Course(s): HO252 Effective Group and Telephone Foreclosure Counseling Strategies

HO321 Developing Effective Loss Mitigation Negotiation and Sales Skills

Training Location:

HUD Detroit Field Office

477 Michigan Ave.

Detroit, MI  48226-2523

Introducing Brandon

I am Brandon Bourdganis, the new Policy Intern for CEDAM.  A senior at Michigan State University, I am majoring in Social Relations and Policy in James Madison College, with a concentration in Urban and Regional Planning and a minor in French.  Through my education and experiences, I have become very passionate about urban redevelopment, housing issues, and community economic development contextualized through urban and social policy.  I have a diverse background and a love for Michigan’s communities and neighborhoods which derives from a summer studying European urban practice and planning in Germany and interning at the Office of Housing and Community Development in a Detroit suburb, along with my studies in community development, downtown revitalization, and policy.

As CEDAM’s policy intern, I will be researching, monitoring, and analyzing proposed state legislation that affects community economic development in Michigan.  I will work to understand proposals and investigate policy opportunities in which CEDAM can become involved.  I will also be helping create CEDAM’s 2010 Policy Agenda.

I am entering this position very excited and energetic to help further CEDAM’s missions while also learning valuable skills.  I am eager to use my background and love for public policy to help promote community and neighborhood based efforts around Michigan.

Foreclosure Task Force: NeighborWorks Training

Task Force members,

MSHDA is bringing free NeighborWorks training to Michigan in February!   Please see this document for details and how to register. The deadline for registration is this Friday, January 22. You must be employed at a HUD or MSHDA certified agency to register for the training.

Training will be held at the James B. Henry Center at Michigan State University, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910. Phone: (517) 353-4350, Fax: (517) 353-0796.

Hotel reservations can be made at Candlewood Suites, located at 3545 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910.  Confirmed enrollees can make their reservations directly by calling (517) 351-8181.  Rooms are being held at the government rate – be sure to reference “NeighborWorks Training” when making reservations.

We look forward to seeing you in February!

CEDAM Training Announcement

Coming in 2010: CEDAM’s Comprehensive Community Development Institute

Later this spring, CEDAM will launch a new program aimed at training the next generation of Michigan’s community developers and providing fresh and timely information to our more advanced developers.  The program – offered at a deeply discounted rate to CEDAM members – will feature two modules:

  • The first module, an Introduction to Real Estate Development, will borrow heavily from CEDAM’s Real Estate Development Training (REDT) program of years past but will be tailored to the new Michigan development environment and will include new information on federal funding programs and green rehabilitation.  After learning core concepts, participants will have the opportunity to split off into specialized tracks focusing on single-family development, multi-family development, and commercial revitalization.
  • The second module, Advanced Topics in Community Development, will be geared to more experienced developers seeking nuts and bolts in order to shift program focus, take advantage of new funding opportunities, and address organizational challenges.  Sessions will be offered ‘cafeteria’ style (you can choose one or more to attend) and may include: Foreclosure Intervention Tactics, Managing Scattered Site Rehabs, CDC Succession Planning and Leadership, and other topics.

Check www.cedam.info in mid-February for a calendar of courses and registration materials.

Membership and Board Elections


Now is the time to join CEDAM if you have not already. Existing members: don’t forget to renew your membership! Membership renewal reminders will come out next week.

Members get a whole host of benefits that include:

  • discounts at trainings and CEDAM events
  • special members-only funding announcements
  • access to the members-only portion of the website
  • eligibility to elect and serve on CEDAM’s Board of Directors and committees

Applying is easy and can be done either online or by mail. To apply, please go here.

Board Elections

Seats on CEDAM’s Board of Directors are open for elections this spring. Don’t forget that in order to run or vote, you must be a CEDAM member.

The Board meets bi-monthly, sets policy parameters for CEDAM, assists in fund development, and represents the priorities of the state’s CED industry at the state level. Board members participate in one or more of CEDAM’s committees.

See a list of the current board members and find out more about running for a board seat.

To run for a seat, email Tiffany with a photo of yourself, a brief autobiography, and a statement explaining why you would make a great CEDAM board member.

Happy New Year from CEDAM

It’s 2010 and we’ve got an exciting year ahead of us. Given this challenging economic environment, we resolve to work harder than ever in 2010 to serve our members and pursue innovative community economic development solutions for Michigan.

Working with CEDAM this year, you’ll be able to:

  • Meet CEDAM and CDAD members and learn about Best Practices throughout Michigan in our 2010 Membership Directory and Resource Guide
  • Shape our 2010 policy agenda and advocate in Lansing and at home
  • Ensure that Michigan residents are counted in the 2010 census
  • Support Michigan’s Housing and Community Development Fund by Checking the Box on your income tax return
  • Hone your skills and knowledge through trainings hosted by CEDAM and our partners – including a new community economic development curriculum
  • Network and learn at the Michigan Conference on Affordable Housing and CEDAM’s 2010 Annual Membership Celebration
  • Stay up-to-date with our improved paper newsletters, e-updates, social media networks, and upcoming videos
  • And more…

We will share more about each of these topics on the blog in the coming weeks, so visit often or subscribe.

CEDAM Blog Highlights of 2009

On behalf of CEDAM staff, thank you for your interest in our blog. We’ll be taking a break from posting until January.  In the hot chocolatemeantime, here are our must-read blog posts of 2009.  Enjoy them with some hot chocolate and a warm blanket.  See you next year!

Resources (Foreclosure, Asset Building, Policy, and Community Development)

CEDAM Members, Projects, and Events

How to Ruin Your Reputation on the Internet series