Archive for May, 2012

CDBG Policy Update

On Thursday, May 24th, the Detroit City Council passed the 2012-13 budget for the City of Detroit, including the Community Development Block Grant and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (CDBG/NOF) budgets that grant federal funds to neighborhood organizations.  The second column of the attached PDF reflects the over $34 million of these funds allocated by the City Council to neighborhood organizations in Detroit.  (The final budget numbers were the Detroit City Council Recommended number, not the Mayor Recommended amount, in the attached ...

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Strategic Alliance Demonstration Project

You may recall seeing an email invitation to the Industry Reform Demonstration Project application briefing last week. This project, also known as the Strategic Alliance Demonstration Project, is designed to strengthen communities by cultivating strategic alliances in Detroit’s Community Development Industry. At the meeting, representatives from Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and CDAD provided a general overview of the project. The following is a summary of that overview along with the Strategic Alliance Building Demonstration Project RFP, a resource packet, and ...

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Funding Opportunity: Awesome Foundation

We recently ran across an interesting foundation that every month awards $1,000 to applicants to help fund a project or idea. Click here for more information. For Detroit members specifically, if you need funds for a news or information-related project, see the Awesome News Taskforce and apply with this form.

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LEAP Volunteer Invitation

The Lower Eastside Action Plan is a community-driven project working to address the growing amount of vacant land and property that blights our neighborhoods, fuels disinvestment and reduces the overall quality of life on Detroit’s lower eastside. As a residents and stakeholder of this area, we are asking you to get involved in a process to ...

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Keeping the Grandmont Rosedale Neighborhoods Vibrant

The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) has been instrumental in keeping some of Northwest Detroit’s premier neighborhoods in pristine condition. For over 20 years, GRDC has had a hand in over 70 home renovations, 130 home repairs, and a 2.1 million dollar Grandriver Streetscape renovation project. For for information on GRDC’s work in the community, please read this article.

 

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Contact Your Legislators to Support a Mortgage Servicer Settlement That Helps Detroit Communities Devastated by Foreclosure

On February 9, the Obama Administration, working with 49 of the 50 states’ attorneys general (Oklahoma chose not to participate), reached a landmark settlement of $25 billion (in aggregate) with the five largest mortgage servicers.

Michigan will have access to $97 million of this settlement.  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced a plan for allocating this $97 million.  His proposal includes $10 million in Foreclosure Rescue Scam Victim Restitution, $20 million in Foreclosure Counseling for Homeowners, $6 ...

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CDAD Comments on Qualified Allocation Plan Draft

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is in the final stages of developing its Qualified Allocation Plan for 2013 and 2014.  The QAP includes a number of changes, and CDAD invited its members to help respond to MSHDA’s invitations for comment to ensure that these changes don’t make affordable housing development projects in Detroit more difficult.

You can find information on the recent draft and MSHDA’s process of incorporating stakeholder feedback here.

And you can download the written comment that ...

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A Plan for Detroit Neighborhoods to Help Themselves

A Plan for Detroit Neighborhoods to Help Themselves

CDAD is a member of a citywide coalition that is lobbying for a new tool for Detroit neighborhoods.  A “Neighborhood Benefits District” allows neighborhoods to choose to collect funds from property owners within that neighborhood to supplement services our government is struggling to provide: security, snow removal and mosquito abatement.  An NBD would have to be approved by 51% of property owners in the district in order to be created.

On Tuesday, the coalition’s representatives made a presentation to City Council ...

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Gaining Momentum in Springwells Village


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With rising temperatures these last few months, Springwells Village took the opportunity to focus on some spring cleaning pretty seriously. Detroit Partnership Day in March and Global Youth Service Day in April brought together over 200 volunteers from 10 different organizations to go head to head with growing eyesores and safety hazards in the community.

Detroit Partnership Day is organized annually by the Detroit Partnership, a University of ...

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