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Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD)
CDAD is a member-based organization who for more than 15 years has advocated for public policies and resources that advance the work of nonprofit, community-based organizations in Detroit neighborhoods, engaged in physical development, land use planning, community organizing, and other activities designed to stabilize and revitalize the quality of life in Detroit.

CDAD January 2016 Issue

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Happy New Year to you!  Welcome back and thank you for your continued support and participation with CDAD.  We look forward to a great year.  CDAD members are doing amazing things in neighborhoods throughout the city and we will continue to work to support you.

If you missed the December membership meeting and the launch, make sure to check out D[Com]munity – CDAD’s new interactive map and directory for Detroit’s community organizations, www.cdad-online/dcommunity.  It’s a resource for everyone, identifying the locations of organizations and providing information about their programs and activities.  This year we’ll be doing more with D[COM], working to increase knowledge of it and providing additional resources for better use.

We also look forward to working with you on the issues you have identified through our public policy survey.  You indicated that community benefits, community development block grant funds, and affordable housing, among other issues, continue to be important to you and your work.  We couldn’t agree more.  We support the efforts of our members to ensure that development and growth in Detroit is inclusive. 

We also want to talk more about values this year.  What do we value as an organization and what do we value as a city?   Recognizing what is important to us provides a better foundation for our work and will determine the pathway by which we achieve our goals.  If an inclusive city with diverse, multi-income neighborhoods is important to us as a city, we must determine how we will work to achieve it.

This year, look for more ways to engage with CDAD, additional capacity-building opportunities, learning opportunities through our Citizens Bank Affordable Housing Initiatives Brown Bag series, and much more.
Join us, join CDAD and get on the map!

CDAD Board

Welcome to our newly elected CDAD Board members: Virginia Stanard of Master of Community Development University of Detroit Mercy for district 2 representative and Pat Bosch of Nortown CDC for district 3 representative.

Welcome back to another term: Phyllis Edwards of Bridging Communities Inc.for district 6 representative; Rodney Gasaway of Joy-Southfield CDC for district 7 representative and Sam Butler of Michigan Community Resources (MCR) as an CDO-At large representative.

Continuing on CDAD Board: Tosha Tabron, of JP Morgan Chase as At-Large representative; Linda Smith of U SNAP BAC for district 4 representative; Becki Kenderes of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation for district 1 representative; Eleanor Eveleth of Vanguard CDC for district 5 representative;Tiffany Tononi of Urban Neighborhood Initiatives as CDO-At-Large representative; Tim Thorland of Southwest Housing Solutions as CDO-At-large;Regina Bell as At-Large representative and Bobbi Johnson as At-Large representative.

CDAD Calendar for the Year

All Membership Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every other month from 9am-11am at the U of M Center Detroit, 3663 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 in the Ann Arbor Conference Room:

  • Wednesday, February 17th
  • Wednesday, April 20th
  • Wednesday, June 15th
  • Wednesday, August 17th
  • Wednesday, October 19th
  • Wednesday, December 21st
All Public Policy Committee Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month from 9am-10:30am located at CDAD office in TechTown:*  
  • Wednesday, January 13th
  • Wednesday, February 10th
  • Wednesday, March 9th
  • Wednesday, April 13th
  • Wednesday, May 11th
  • Wednesday, June 8th
*Please be advised some meetings will be held via conference call, contact Public Policy Manager LaToya Morgan for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CDAD Brown Bag Meetings -
Citizens Bank Affordable Housing Initiatives Brown Bag Series & Webinars

This Year CDAD is excited to announce we have partnered with Citizens Bank to bring our Brown Bags Meetings! Citizens Bank Affordable Housing Initiatives Brown Bag Series and Webinars! 

Brown Bag Meetings are informal discussions on specific topics that are happening in our community and city. This year we look to discuss topics such as: LIHTC, QAP, Citywide Housing Plan, Community Land Trusts, Supportive Policies and Practices and more. All meetings will be held at CDAD office in TechTown unless noted as a webinar.
  • Thursday, February 19th
  • Thursday, March 17th
  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Thursday, July 21st
  • Thursday, September 22nd
  • Thursday, November 17th


Join and Renew Your CDAD Membership for 2016!

It's time to renew those memberships! CDAD is a member-based organization who for more than 15 years has advocated for public policies and resources that advance the work of nonprofit, community-based organizations in Detroit neighborhoods, engaged in physical development, land use planning, community organizing, and other activities designed to stabilize and revitalize the quality of life in Detroit.

We believe in our community, we believe in our members and our practices exhibit that! Annual membership renewals are due January 1st, so you are just in time to renew for 2016! If you are a member, we would like you to renew your membership, and if you are not a member, we want you to join!

Double the impact of your Membership! Did you know that eligible Community Development Organizations who join CDAD also receive a CEDAM membership (Practitioner Level) with access to their numerous resources and benefits.

To renew or find out more information on our membership benefits check out theCDAD website or contact the CDAD office at 313-832-4620.
CDAD Membership Application

Get Your Community Group on the Map:  
Join d[COM]munity!


d[COM]munity is now live! Search and learn about the community-based organizations working to improve Detroit neighborhoods and take the survey for your organization to #GetOnTheMapDetroit!
Visit the d[COM]munity site and click “Take Survey” to get started.
What you need to know about d[COM]munity: 

Spread the word on social media and share when you join and use d[COM]munity. Use these hashtags to join the movement!
#GetOnTheMapDetroit #dcommunity #CDADMembers


Thank you to The Ford Foundation for your generous support. Your donations help to empower our members and strengthen our work within our communities.

Keep Growing Detroit is accepting applications for the 2016 Urban RootsCommunity Garden Leadership Training Program. Applications are due byFriday, January 15, 2016. Urban Roots is a 9-week hands-on coursedesigned to teach community leaders core community organizing andhorticulture skills. Cost of the program is $75 dollars. Scholarships areavailable for qualified applicants. Learn more HERE.

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is accepting applications for its 2016 Seeding Detroit Mini-Grant Program. Applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, January 8, 2016. The program supports City of Detroit-based organizations to address the causes and conditions of poverty in the community through financial support for service projects in the following program areas: Youth and Adult Education, Nutrition, Health,Employment and Neighborhood Improvements. $5,000 is the maximum tobe awarded per grant. Learn more HERE.

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is accepting applications for its 2016 Community Garden Program. Applications are due by Monday, February 8, 2016. Wayne Metro’s Community Garden Programgives local churches, nonprofit or civic organizations, schools andcommunity groups an opportunity to host and carefully cultivate a gardento support low-income people through donation of harvest to local foodpantries. Learn more HERE. *Attend an optional question and answer session on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 2 PM to review the application requirements and have your questions answered. Every applicant is encouraged to attend. Location: 7310 Woodward Ave, Suite 800, Detroit, MI 48202*


Are you interested in a Master of Community Development (MCD) at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2016? The preferred application deadline for Fall 2016 enrollment is May 1, 2016! Learn more here: www.udmercy.edu/mcd


Fight Blight in Your Community: A Connect & Share Lunchtime Webinar

The Michigan Vacant Property Campaign exists to address local challenges efficiently and effectively meet the needs of leaders in the state who are committed to turning the vacant properties in their communities into assets. The MVPC is a collaboration between four organizations with unique expertise related to vacant property issues: the Center for Community Progress, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Community Resources. Created to develop a statewide network of practice and expertise, the MVPC assists small, rural, suburban and metropolitan areas. This webinar will discuss ways in which it can help different communities across Michigan, and provide specific case-study examples. 

When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 

Time: noon-1pm

Cost: FREE


Can't see the image? Register here.


Are you a mid- to upper-level staff member at a Detroit Community Based Organization (CBO)?

  • Are you interested in learning about collaborative research and what it could mean to your organization?
  • Could your organization benefit from FREE training?

If you answered yes, then be sure to sign up for a complimentary training workshop called Collaborative Research Capacity Building for CBOs on February 10, 2016from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan Detroit Center (South Studio Room) at 3663 Woodward Ave.

Sponsored by the Detroit Urban Research Center, this half-day training session introduces principles and methods of a collaborative research approach that empowers Detroit CBO leaders to put their community's interest first. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn from community and academic experts in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), at no cost to you or your organization. To gain the most value out of the workshop, we encourage you to bring multiple colleagues from your organization.

  • Refreshments will be served.
  • A raffle will be held at the end of the workshop.
  • A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who complete the full training.
  • Space is limited, so be sure to sign up ASAP.


CBPR Partnership Academy      

 The Detroit Urban Research CenterCommunity-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy, a nationwide, year-long capacity building opportunity for "community-academic" teams focused on improving health equity. Applications are due by February 15, 2016 and a Question & Answer conference call will be held on January 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. ESTTo learn more.