Seize This Moment.

For a few years, I have been commenting on how Detroit is “having a moment.” Without any particular judgment, it was more a commentary on the vast national media coverage and increased interest in our city. Now, I feel that the neighborhoods (viewed as everything outside of Downtown and Midtown) are having a moment, along with the community development sector. There’s increased interest, city planning, articles and more.  To CDAD members, I say that this is actually your moment. Your years of work, your tireless advocacy, your unabashed pride in your neighborhood has culminated to this point. The moment is yours and I encourage you to take it. Share your thoughts with our leaders, participate on the task forces, complete the survey, send your letters. You are the expert of your neighborhood and we all need to hear from you.
CDAD is here to help amplify your voice.  We are excited to introduce our 2018 policy agenda at the February membership meeting. Look for more actions and ways for you to take a stance on issues.  We are excited to begin a new project with DPTV. Funded by the Knight Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, this project will highlight issues and stories that come directly from you. We look forward to sharing the new plans we have for membership and caucus meetings. We’ve been listening. These new models will allow us to provide more opportunities and space for you to connect and work on the issues that you have identified as important to your work.
And we will be celebrating 20 years of CDAD work all yearlong! Join us Wednesday, February 21 for the first membership meeting of the year.


In this Issue:

CDAD News:
CDAD February 2018 Membership Meeting 
CDAD Board Election Results
CDAD Member Spotlight: Detroiters Working For Environmental Justice
Introducing The Grand River Annex
NCRC Coming To Detroit
Detroit Planning & Development Department News
City of Detroit Sidewalks & Potholes
FICON 2018
Join/Renew You CDAD Membership
The Master of Community Development (MCD) Open House

CDAD Member's Updates/News
General Announcements


CDAD Membership Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 9am-11am

Join us for the first membership meeting of the year! Here's what to expect:

  • * CDAD Policy Update - Phyllis Edwards, CDAD Vice Chair
  • * Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC) Video
  • * Pedal to Porch - Cornetta Lane  

Table Presentation (half sheet survey):

  1. Community Land Trusts 
  2. City-CDAD member relationship 
  3. Storytelling 
  4. Inclusion in CD Work (Racial Equity, Youth) 
  5. CDO - Grassroots Org Collaboration 
  6. Funding / Organizational Sustainability 
  • * CDAD Calendar Review
  • * 20th Anniversary Announcement + CDAD Community Development Book

    *Held at TechTown: 440 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI 48202 in Bay 2 conference room. Free parking available in TechTown lot on Amsterdam between Cass and Woodward.

CDAD Board Elections Results December 2017

Thank you to all the nominees and those who voted for CDAD's December 2017 board elections. Here are the elected board members:

Eleanore Eveleth, Sinai-Grace Guild CDC, District 2

Pat BoshNortown Community Development CorporationDistrict 3

Phyllis EdwardsBridging Communities Inc., Vice Chair, District 6

Kenyetta CampbellCody Rouge Community Action AllianceDistrict 7

Christianne MaloneBuild InstituteCDO/NIO At-Large

Sam ButlerDoing Development Differently in Metro DetroitCDO/NIO At-Large

Virginia StanardUniversity of Detroit Mercy Master of Community Development ProgramAt-Large

For a full list of CDAD Board Members: Here

CDAD Member Spotlight:

In a city that includes five of the top-25 most-polluted zip codes in the state, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) is a voice for cleaner, safer, healthier neighborhoods.
DWEJ is dedicated to providing all Detroit residents with the tools they need to address environmental concerns in their own neighborhoods.
Established in 1994, DWEJ has grown from a grassroots volunteer organization to a major voice recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for its innovative programs and projects that stimulate economic growth while creating sustainable, livable communities. DWEJ is the oldest environmental justice organization in Michigan!
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice strives to foster clean, healthy and safe communities through innovative policy, education and workforce initiatives, and through a commitment to the following activities:
COLLABORATE with a passionate community to fight for their own right to health, with lasting effects for generations to come.
PARTNER with researchers to build awareness of scientific data that points unequivocally to the need for change.
PROVIDE opportunities for underemployed young adults to gain skills to build safe homes and fight blight.
LEAD through the creation of the Detroit Climate Action Plan to make the city safer for residents in the face of climate change.

Introducing The Grand River Annex 

Grandmont Rosedale's commercial corridor along Grand River has seen a renaissance over the last few years. CDAD member organization Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation's dedication to supporting entrepreneurs, small business, and artists along the corridor has continued with the opening of The Grand River Annex at 19556 Grand River Avenue in Detroit. The Annex, supported for the first year by the Kresge Foundation, is a cultural incubator intended to support the arts, culture, retail, and culinary pop-ups. Partnering with the Norwest Gallery of Art, the Annex's grand opening exhibit titled Detroit Noir: A Celebration of the Black Aesthetic is curated by Asia Hamilton and Co-Curator Tanya Stephens. 

"The work that's being displayed in this gallery are from master artists. I mean these are the most established African American artists that are out, so to be able to see this work right here and not have to go all the way to a museum or see it on television is a total privilege" said Asia Hamilton, whose photography is featured in the exhibit. "Art just makes everything beautiful and it brings culture and diversity to the neighborhood and this is a great opportunity."

The exhibit Detroit Noir: A Celebration of the Black Aesthetic will run through the end of February. The Grand River Annex is open from Wednesday-Saturday from 12-7pm and Sunday from 12-4pm. You can keep up with events at the space by liking them on Facebook at and follow on Twitter and Instagram @thegrandriverannex. 

Join Us In Detroit:
National Community Reinvestment Coalition

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and our members create opportunities for people to build wealth. We work with community leaders, policymakers and financial institutions to champion fairness in baking, housing and business.   
Formed in 1990 by national, regional and local organizations to increase the flow of private capital into traditionally underserved communities, NCRC promotes access to basic banking services, affordable housing, entrepreneurship, job creation and vibrant communities for America’s working families. Our members include community reinvestment organizations; community development corporations; local and state government agencies; faith-based institutions; community organizing and civil rights groups; minority owned-business associations, as well as local and social service providers from across the nation.
NCRC and local Detroit organizations are on a mission to leverage greater community reinvestment through the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH), and expand access to capital and credit in Detroit communities, particularly in LMI neighborhoods.  NCRC and our members continue to hold banks and the financial industry accountable for reinvestment in communities. In 2016 alone, NCRC, our members, some of whom were from Detroit, effectively negotiated two community benefit agreements (CBAs) with Huntington Bank and Fifth Third Bank.
During CDAD’s final day of Community Development Week, NCRC’s membership department and National Training Academy conducted a training on the Community Reinvestment Act Basics and on the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH). Subsequently, NCRC members and the training attendees held follow-up meetings in November and December 2017, as well as in January 2018 to discuss greater collaboration around leveraging both CRA and AFFH in Detroit.  As NCRC, CDAD, our members and Detroit leaders continue to meet to discuss our coming together, we are eyeing implementation of the two current agreements (Fifth Third Bank and Huntington Bank), as well as long-term goals for future CBAs.
The next Detroit community meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 19 from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM in TechTown Detroit location at 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202. There will be an orientation and an overview session held for newcomers from 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM.
We highly recommend that you attend the orientation session at 4:00 PM if this will be your first meeting. We hope that you will join us at this upcoming meeting in TechTown on Presidents Day 2018!
To learn more about NCRC, and how you can get more involved with our work, please contact NCRC Regional Organizer, Cedric Diakabana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 202-464-2712.

Detroit Planning and Development Department News

Be sure to keep up with the Detroit Planning and Development Department news via their new website!
Community Benefits Ordinance Development Projects

Visit the Planning and Development Department Community Benefits Ordinance (CBO) website to learn about current and ongoing CBO related activities, with staffing and project management assigned by Design District.

Information and reports on projects include:  Detroit Pistons Practice Facility, Herman Kiefer Development, Wigle / Midtown West Development, Detroit Free Press Building, Book Tower & Monroe Block Development, and the Hudson’s Site

View this informational pamphlet from Metro Detroit D4 for more information on the current Community Benefits Ordinance process.

City of Detroit PDD Webinar for Planning, Design And Engagement Vendors

On Tuesday August 15th the city hosted a webinar for planning, design and engagement vendors. Follow the link to watch a recording of the webinar.

This fall, the City of Detroit will seek interdisciplinary consultant support for three separate yet complementary citywide planning, design and engagement efforts: the Sustainability Action Agenda, a Framework Plan for the Inner Circle Greenway, and the Public Lands Framework Plan. The goals of the webinar are to orient potential applicants to the City of Detroit’s current priorities and connect potential applicants based in Detroit, within the state of Michigan, and beyond to each other.

Highlighted PDD Projects by District, visit the PDD website for more details

District 1 District 2 District 5 District 6  

"Budget Season is here for the
City of Detroit!" 


Want to ensure the city sets aside enough money to fix broken sidewalks and potholes in the roads? Are you interested in the size of investment the city is making in affordable housing? Are there city programs you think need more funding? 

Detroit's budget process this Spring will determine how the city spends its money next year and it is entirely open to the public. The budget process will begin with Mayor Duggan outlining his budget proposal to City Council and the public on Friday, February 23rd at 10 AM. Then, each city Department will sit before Council over the next two weeks for a budget hearing to discuss their priorities and proposed budget for next year.
The public is encouraged to attend any and all of these hearings and can speak on them at the end of each day's hearings and again after the final hearing on Monday, March 5th at 4:30 PM. 

Location: 13th floor of the CAYMC building (2 Woodward Ave) either in the Auditorium or the Committee of the Whole. 
Watch the hearings online at ."
Schedule for Each Budget Hearing Below (Subject to change):
For the Full schedule click HERE

2018 FICON Conference Survey


It's that time of year again to get feedback from the CDAD members on what they want to see highlighted at the 2018 FICON conference! Your input has been invaluable over the years to bring topics that are relevant to the work that is happening in the community. Please share with the planning team what you would like to see at FICON 2018!


Here's the link to the survey for partners to share:


You can also view this on the FICON website FICON website

The Master of Community Development (MCD) Open House for prospective students is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th from 1-3:00pm in the Loranger Architecture Building, Peter Peirce Room (second level), 4001 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221. Come meet students, faculty, and alumni and learn more about the program!

TechTown Retail Boot Camp Info Sessions 

Tuesday | February 27 @ TechTown | 6 to 8pm | RSVP here

Retail Boot Camp is an intense, highly customized program that prepares serious entrepreneurs with strong retail concepts for the successful launch of their brick-and-mortar business in a Detroit commercial district. The program enables an entrepreneur’s success not only through training, but also through access to critical start-up capital, affordable space and ongoing business support. Attend one of these info sessions to find out if this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. Learn more about Retail Boot Camp here.
Focus: Hope – EcoD: Energy and Economics Resource Fair Saturday February 17 11am – 3pm at Family Learning Center,  1400 Oakman Blvd.
Belle Isle Beat – February Edition
Eastside Community Network – Documentary Viewing of “Don’t Touch my WaterWednesday February 21st 6 – 8pm at Mack Market,  14711 Mack 48215
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance - Join the Cody Rouge Youth Council,  Information Session February 20th, 5-6pm. Don Bosco Hall, 19321 W. Chicago, Detroit 48228.  For more info contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-397-9280
Get Resources to Help You Save and Earn at: Show me the Money Events. There are 5 events in Detroit in February, several hosted by CDAD members!  Click here to find dates, locations, and more details.
AmeriCorps Host Site Applications Now Available!

CEDAM is now accepting host site applications for both the Michigan Financial Opportunity Corps and the Rural Opportunity VISTA programs. Both programs provide CEDAM member organizations with the opportunity to host an AmeriCorps member to enhance the services they offer. 
The host site application is due Friday, March 30 by 5pm and can be found on the CEDAM AmeriCorps webpage. Questions about either program, organizational eligibility and requirements or technical assistance needs can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program – Seeking AmeriCorps Members. More information can be found here.
Detroit Youth Volume  
The Detroit Justice Center, an innovative community law practice opening in spring 2018, seeks passionate, hard-working applicants to join their team. Hiring for several positions: Legal Director, Staff Attorney--Legal Services Practice, Staff Attorney--Economic Equity Practice, and Office Manager/Paralegal. View the job descriptions here.  

City of Detroit Career Opportunities – All available positions can be viewed at:

Enrollment is open for Grow Detroit’s Young Talent summer youth employment program - 8,000 spots available

  • Summer jobs program aims to employ youth ages 14 -24
  • Applicants and employers can sign up at
  • New this year is pilot program to include career-specific instruction year round 

The Watershed Council announces internship opportunities for Summer 2018. Five intern positions available:  2 UMBS CLEAR fellowships, 1 Restoration/Landscape Architecture position, 1 Watershed Protection Team intern and 1 Policy & Advocacy intern. Job descriptions and application instructions can be found here:
Progress Michigan: Digital Organizer
Allied Media Projects: People in Education: Communications and Fundraising Assistant
We The People- Michigan: Organizer

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What does community control of land mean to you and your organization? We talk a lot about community control of land as we try to envision a world where decisions about land are not driven merely by speculation and forces of exclusion. But who is the community? What level of control do they exercise? Toward what end?


Shelterforce is seeking short essays on this topic (200–500 words). Your essays can explore this from one of two angles: either how your community or organization already answers these questions in practice, or how community control of land ought to work, even if you don’t have an example yet.


Essays may be published online, in print, or both. We may follow up with questions or requests to expand certain points. Essays are due by Feb. 21st and can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are also seeking high-resolution (minimum 1600 pixels wide) photos that represent community control of land.


Let us know as soon as you can if you intend to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Announcement: Detroit Design 2067 Youth Immersion Program
High School Juniors and Seniors can Apply by February 23rd

This endeavor will offer 12 Detroit area high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to examine the history of July 1967, its impact on our city/region and ways that we can identify key solutions that allow us to move forward together as a community.  Those that successfully complete this program will also receive a $350.00 scholarship!

All interested/eligible students should complete the application (including answering three short essay questions) in its entirety and submit this information directly by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (or if it’s available to them, by fax: 313-833-5342) on or before 4 pm, February 23, 2018.

The application is also available as a downloadable document on our Detroit 67 Project Website. To access it and share with others please click here.


Free Webinar: “Planning for Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities”
  Minority and low-income communities are often concerned about pollution exposures that result from local planning or zoning decisions that allow sources of pollution to locate near residential areas. To address these issues, California Senate Bill 1000 – the “Planning for Healthy Communities Act” (2016) – now requires many local jurisdictions to adopt environmental justice goals and policies or an ‘Environmental Justice Element’ into their General Plans.
Learn about:
  • Learn how the environmental justice planning process informs the development of general plans.
  • Learn about best practices and lessons learned from cities that added ‘Environmental Justice Elements’ to their general plans.
  • Learn how state policy for environmental justice can further the goal of social equity.
This forum is being co-sponsored by 50+ organizations who are joining together to demand that candidates for governor address key issues for our communities. We believe our state needs a bold agenda that will tackle the root causes of poverty, inequality, and racism head on. We'll be asking candidates to outline their plans for criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, affordable health care & elder care, child care, and environmental justice.

Detroit Food 2018 –
Thursday, March 8 - Friday, March 9, 2018

It Takes a Village: Reclaiming our power in the food system

Registration Now Open

Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center -  Taubman Center for Design Education,
College for Creative Studies 460 W. Baltimore Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Register Now:

  • Early bird registration rate available now until February 17
  • Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the registration fee. To request a scholarship email Olivia Henry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include your name and email address

Healing Stories HearingThe Impact of Systemic Racism in Detroit
Housing, Education, Policing, Violence
Saturday, February 24, 2018  11am – 3pm
Main Dining Room - Madame Cadillac Building
Marygrove College - 8425 W. McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221
Featured Speaker: Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
Breakfast and Lunch will be served - RSVP 313-870-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Community Leadership Program
Information Session

Tuesday, February 27 5:30-7:00 pm
Henry Ford College, 5101 Evergreen Rd. Dearborn 48128 Building K, Room 14

Learn how to earn a certificate or associate degree in Community Leadership that can benefit you professionally, while becoming a part of a national movement! 

Meet faculty, current students, alumni, community leaders and learn about the HFC Community Leadership program experience. 

Refreshments will be provided.  RSVP here!
Have questions about the program? Please contact Robert Yahrmatter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-845-6397


The Youth Innovation Challenge
Submit Your Proposal to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Today!
Proposals due by 03 April 2018 - For more information and guidelines, visit

North American environmental ministers are calling on youth to champion bold ideas for green growth to address the complex sustainability challenges we currently face. Visit to submit your science, technology and business innovations and get the chance to present your idea to North America’s top environmental officials, receive C$5,000 in project seed funding, and meet with experts at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Learn more here:

The CEC Youth Innovation Challenge is open to residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States (and its territories) aged 18-30.

2018 Population Health Forum
From Ruins to Resilience: Addressing Toxic Stress in the Health Care Safety Net
Tuesday April 3, 2018 8am – 12pm at the Federal Reserve Bank – 1600 E. Warren Ave. Detroit 48207
Please RSVP to Kelly Herron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Join Authority Health for screening of the documentary “Resilience” on Thursday, April 12, 2018 6 - 8pm at the Wayne State University School of Law Auditorium – 471 W. Palmer St. Detroit 48202
RSVP Here for the Film Screening

Facing Race: A National Conference Coming to Detroit November 8 – 10 2018
Volunteer and Scholarship Opportunities are available!
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