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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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2012 Community Development Award Winners

We are happy to report that several CDAD members received awards at the 2012 Building Michigan Communities Conference:

CEDAM Innovator of the Year
Vanguard CDC

Presented to an inventive CEDAM member that has enlightened the field with new programming, best practices, or policy leadership. Vanguard’s programs extend from a community news phone service to a prisoner reentry and reintegration program.

 

MSHDA Counselor of the Year
Laura Castone, Amandla Community Development Corporation

Laura Castone has successfully negotiated satisfactory home retention options for more than 200 Detroit based ...

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CDBG/NOF Recommendations from City Planning Council

The Detroit City Planning Council issued recommendations regarding the allocation of Community Development Block Grant/Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (CDBG/NOF) funds for 2012-2013, which have been discussed in hearings this week.  A vote is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 27).

While a final list of recommendations (to be voted on tomorrow) has not been made available, CDAD was informed by CPC that, for the most part, the vote will largely follow the recommendations made on April 13.  To see which organizations ...

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CDAD Annual Meeting

CDAD Annual Meeting

Please be reminded, CDAD’s Annual Membership Meeting is on Wednesday, June 20 at 9 a.m.We will hold our annual board elections, as well as discuss exciting updates about the future direction of the Strategic Framework, the Strategic Alliance Demonstration Project.

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Detroit Works Project: Community Conversations UPDATE

 

The Detroit Works Project (DWP) is organizing a series of Community Conversations designed to update Detroiters on DWP’s progress, provide a forum for residents to influence the future of the project, and offer Detroiters an opportunity to build long-term civic engagement capacity for Detroit neighborhoods. DWP Community Conversations will include three meetings hosted in one of four geographies that span the city – Northwest Detroit, Southwest Detroit, ...
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Announcing Spring Regional Caucus Meetings

CDAD hosts quarterly “Regional Caucus Meetings” to empower community development organizations and neighborhood groups by fostering geographically based collaboration, information sharing, and improved access to resources and services.

As of 2012, CDAD has expanded its scope and vision to include neighborhood associations and block clubs as voting members with full membership benefits.  To this end, the spring caucus meetings are designed to formally introduce CDAD to local neighborhood associations, block clubs, and CB patrols; to discuss priorities and goals for neighborhoods ...

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CDAD Neighborhood Opportunity Breakfast

Please join CDAD and Detroit’s community development organizations, neighborhood associations, block clubs and service providers for CDAD’s Neighborhood Opportunity Breakfast. Guest speakers and resource tables will provide local leaders and community organizations with some of the City’s most valuable tools to help strengthen neighborhoods. Speakers to include:

  • Steve Tobocman, Interim CDAD Director
  • Charles Pugh, Detroit City Council President
  • Robert Anderson, Detroit City Planning and Development Director.

As noted above, this free event will be held at Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre. Please contact Sloan ...

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