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CDAD News:

CDAD Calendar of Events 2019
CDAD Lunch & Learn: 3.28.19
Master Community Development Open House
Meet CDAD Public Policy Director Ruth Johnson
CDAD Member Highlight: O'Hair Park Community Association
City of Detroit Planning Updates 
City of Detroit Budget Hearings Info
Detroit City Charter Updates

CDAD Member's Updates/News
General Announcements

CDAD Lunch & Learn

Employee Finance: Make your money work for you, while you're working!

Join us Thursday, March 28th, Noon-1:30 pm for discussion on employee finance. Get tips from our special guest Cynthia Balkwell,CDAD's own financial planner from Mass Mutual Great Lakes. 

CDAD's Lunch & Learns are meant to be an informal discussion, where we share and invite individuals to speak on what's "hot" happening in community development.

Held at TechTown, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI 48202

*Don't forget to bring your lunch! Drinks & Desserts will be provided. 

Registration is FREE but encouraged: HERE
The Master of Community Development (MCD) Open House for prospective students is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd 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, alumni, and community partners and learn more about the program! More information at

Meet Ruth Johnson, CDAD's New Public Policy Director

Ruth Johnson, JD, is the Public Policy Director at Community Development Associates of Detroit. CDAD views its policy work as fulfilling its mission to serve as an advocate for the community development industry, neighborhoods and its members as a foundation for a strong City of Detroit.
She is a dynamic leader and a joyful servant who helps community stakeholders and organizations build their power; enhance their knowledge and skills; and nurture relationships with decision makers. Ruth has experience working with hard to reach and underserved communities including racial and ethnic minorities, language and literacy differences, and the very young and the very old. Throughout her career, Ruth has coordinated public policy advocacy activities in Mid-Michigan, West Michigan and Southeastern Michigan. Her work includes helping community groups develop policy agendas and implement strategies to transform issues into meaningful, effective action. As part of this work, she connects these groups to partners and allies on the local, state and national levels to magnify the impact of their actions. Lastly, her work is grounded in building and nurturing relationships among youth, parents, seniors, business leaders, people with disabilities, educators, policymakers and other key stakeholders.
Previously, Ruth served as the Assistant Director for Transportation Riders United. For over seven years, she directed organizational activities; raised funds; led advocacy campaigns; and coordinated volunteers and interns for a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and promoting public transportation in Greater Detroit.
Ruth draws on her experience practicing law for twelve years; serving as the executive director of a nonprofit; serving on numerous boards and commissions; volunteering in schools, in her community and in her church; and operating her own business. After working for a corporate legal department, law firms and in solo practice representing individuals, business, nonprofits and public entities in state and federal court, Ruth decided to use her education and training to serve the community as her full-time vocation. Working in the nonprofit community, Ruth gained front-line experience managing programs, staff, volunteers, boards and budgets and nurturing relationships with policymakers, funders, business and religious leaders, schools, parents, youth and the media.
The public, policymakers and the press frequently seek Ruth for information and advice. She serves as the Secretary of the Conference of Minority Transportation Offices, Michigan Chapter.
Get a better understanding of Detroit Planning and Development Activities at the new website: Detroit Development Opportunities 

Also: Click to learn about Development RFQs and RFPs from the City
City of Detroit Land Based Projects: A Path to Purchase, Permit and Design:
The City of Detroit is currently working to improve the process for purchasing and permitting land based projects. A land based project uses land for urban agriculture, gardening, beautification and other productive uses, whether for profit or as a community based activity.
As part of this 2019 planning effort, the City is seeking input from land based project leaders and neighbors. The changes that result from this work will simplify this process moving forwards and help ensure land based projects are good neighbors in all Detroit neighborhoods.
What do you think? Take and share the Survey
Learn more:
Web Page:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 313-224-3517
ZoneDetroit invites YOU to take a survey to ensure that the community values and prospective is reflected in the final project. Take the survey and share it with your fellow neighbors: There are more opportunities to get involved listed at the project website sign up for the project newsletter, find upcoming events, and learn about becoming a Zone Detroit project ambassador.
Contact Christopher J. Gulock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-224-6225
New website for Current and Completed Neighborhood Planning Studies

City of Detroit Budget Hearings Info

Budget season is upon us and City Council wants your feedback on the proposed city budget. Make sure your voice is heard and share with your neighbors!
View the budget proposals: View the Mayor's budget address:
Check out the hearing schedule below. In an effort to make giving feedback easier for residents please visit the City of Detroit Event Calendar and click on the individual budget hearing to submit a comment or find the comment links Here. You can watch the proceedings on Ch. 10, online or in person. In person public comments are also available at each hearing.

Detroit City Charter Revision Commission -  Upcoming meetings. Join the coalition and make sure to be engaged!
Learn more at: 
Coalition Website:
Are you attending the Charter Commission Meetings? To get a sense of community engagement in the charter revision process, Community for a Sensible Charter Coalition is putting out a community survey about intention to attend charter commission meetings.
Please share this widely on your network! It is a 2 minute quick survey and your information will not be shared.  Survey is found here.
The Detroit Charter Revision Process is moving forward with the next Charter Commission Meeting of the Whole on Saturday March 23rd, 12pm at 11499 Conner St. Detroit, MI 48213
All of this information can be found on the Community for a Sensible Charter Coalition Facebook page at  Please share this important information widely!
CDAD is a member of the Community for Sensible Charter Coalition and is committed to keeping you informed about the Charter revision process as it moves forward. CDAD members and community based organizations are encouraged to join the coalition. Now is a really important time to get involved with the “Community for a Sensible Charter Coalition We have been providing updates in our monthly newsletter and to our members directly. 
Like/Follow the facebook page Community for a Sensible Charter  at and stay up to date as this process unfolds!
The next Community for a Sensible Charter Coalition meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 21st at 2727 Second Ave Detroit, 48201 doors open at 5:30pm meeting starts at 6pm. RSVP required (via the facebook event) or contact
Information on the Community for a Sensible Charter Coalition:
  • A community based coalition founded to ensure that community voice is accurately reflected in any proposed revisions and citizens of Detroit are kept fully informed of proposed changes to our current charter.
  • Members of the progressive community, nonprofits, block clubs, neighborhood associations, and grassroots groups are invited to join. 
  • Member groups are asked to commit to a once a month meeting for the duration of the charter revision process. 
If you or your organization is interested in joining this Community Coalition, please contact us on the facebook page: or at the website: 

Local Solutions Go National at People & Places 2019 What's working to advance prosperity in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color? Find out at People & Places 2019 on April 15–17 in Arlington, Virginia (minutes from Washington, DC and Reagan National Airport).18 national nonprofits have joined forces to present this dynamic peer-learning event.  CDADis a member of NACEDA, one of the lead partners. Join community developers from across the country to strengthen our skills, unite our networks, and raise our voices on Capitol Hill. Learn about local solutions that promote equitable development, strengthen the flow of capital, remediate blight, make places healthier, and much more.  Explore the agenda and speakers. You will bring home solutions that you can adapt and transform back home.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC), April 29 – May 1, at the Lansing Center.  Full conference details are available at 
Don't forget to mark your calendar for April 30th and join CEDAM and CDAD for their 2019 Annual Event with a night at the ballpark! We’ve reserved a private space at the View at the Cooley Law School Stadium for you to network with your favorite colleagues and legislators while enjoying the Lansing Lugnuts baseball game. Enjoy dinner, drinks and networking with colleagues, funders and more. The View has both an indoor and a covered outdoor space to enjoy friends, weather and the game after a great day at the conference! You can register online at


Detroit Future City: Make a difference in your community by becoming a Land + Water WORKS Ambassador! Join the Land + Water WORKS Coalition in making Detroit the country’s leader in clean water and community beautification, while getting paid to connect with your stakeholders, friends, and neighbors. Register for one of the upcoming Land + Water WORKS Ambassador Program Information Sessions: Thursday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 – 8 PM at Detroit Future City, to learn more about this great opportunity to help Detroit become more sustainable.


Belle Isle Conservancy: March Belle Isle Beat

Southeast Michigan Counts is offering funding and technical assistance for Census 2020 outreach activities to organizations that serve historically undercounted communities in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties. Grants are available to support projects that will:

  • Engage and educate undercounted communities about the importance of the 2020 census
  • Familiarize communities with the census process and changes to the 2020 census
  • Develop and implement effective strategies to boost census participation and support communities beyond the life of the project

Within these priorities, applicants should design a project that best serves their community. Projects could include knocking on doors and visiting block clubs, partnering with local businesses to connect with employees and customers, providing opportunities to access online census forms, sharing stories through local media and online networks, and other innovative and effective ways of connecting with people on this issue.

For Guidelines and to Apply HERE


Community Engagement Fellowship

The Michigan Community Service Commission invites your organization to join a Community Engagement Fellowship. The intent of the Community Engagement Fellowship is to provide volunteer managers with professional development training and technical assistance to allow them to more effectively support and engage volunteers. Community Engagement Fellows will have access to content through an online resource called VolunteerPro with the goal of enhancing their current professional skills and knowledge and allow their organization to strengthen its ability to support volunteers. Deadline to apply is March 18.
Community Engagement Fellowship Benefits

  • Receive a VolunteerPro membership valued at $599.
  • Access resources to improve and develop skills in managing, recruiting and engaging volunteers.
  • Participate in a statewide learning community that will provide the opportunity to share volunteer management knowledge and practices.

Find out more and apply at:

2020 Census Jobs! Starting at $19 hour 
Go to for more information or call 313-962-WORK