CDAD advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for better use of existing funding and tax incentives
CDAD advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for better use of existing funding and tax incentives; reallocating or reprioritizing funding; and identifying new funding sources and tools for housing and community development. Further, CDAD advocates for more funding for CDOs and neighborhood-based nonprofit groups for their housing and community development work. Before and during the COVID 19 pandemic, community organizations and neighborhood groups helped Detroiters fill out forms related to flood recovery, rental and mortgage assistance, home repairs, and tax credits. These groups educate, inform and counsel Detroiters on how to access public and private resources and to advocate for racial equity, policy changes, and system changes. They help Detroiters navigate bureaucracies, language and literacy differences, and the digital divide. Although some funds have been made available, most times organizations and groups were not adequately compensated for this vital work.
CDAD supports policies on the local, state and federal levels to fund community development work. On the local level, CDAD supports the City Council resolution to provide subsidies to qualified CDOs and other nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate Detroit Land Bank houses and sell them to eligible Detrtoiters. On the state level, CDAD is working with CEDAM on legislation to establish a Michigan Community Investment Program, a donation-based tax incentive that would provide sustainable support for eligible community-based nonprofits