PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA Advocacy on behalf of our members

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                                                                          PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA
Advocacy on behalf of our members is a top priority to improve policy to facilitate the work that is done by the community economic
development (CED) industry to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income families. The Policy Committee will work hard to actively
engage our members in discussions and develop tools to help them educate public officials regarding CED issues in order to affect
change in the following areas:

Support the state’s priority on vibrant and healthy communities by ensuring stable support to affordable homeownership and rental
housing activities, neighborhood stabilization, sustainable communities, and economic development through Michigan’s Housing and
Community Development Fund, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Community Development Block
Grant, and HOME Investment Partnerships Program. And, support the health and financial stability of the state’s community
development corporations (CDCs) and CED industry.

Sustainable Communities
Promote energy efficiency activities in regards to restoration and renovation of older, existing housing stock. Encourage policies that
provide incentives and rewards to affordable housing providers to follow green building guidelines. Address lead abatement issue as
rehab of existing housing stock increases. Recognize historic preservation as an opportunity and priority in our older neighborhoods.
Assist communities in reducing racial segregation by promoting mixed-income neighborhoods and generally improving the neighborhood
environment through community economic development. Support the goal of permanent affordable housing through use of tools, such as
community land trusts.

Economic Development
Address our economic crisis through policies that facilitate job training programs, including entrepreneurship, provided by our members.
Support investment in downtowns and local businesses. Promote policies and practices, like neighborhood commercial districts, that
improve neighborhood viability, community mobility, safety, and walkability in all communities. Advocate for community development that
leverages federal stimulus investment in jobs created by renewed emphasis on infrastructure for walkable communities and in waterway
projects in low-income communities.

Protect a person’s most significant asset through foreclosure prevention and foreclosure mitigation. Encourage a means to provide
financial resources for home repairs and improvements. Promote homebuyer counseling and financial resources for a home purchase.
Address the connection between predatory lending and the foreclosure crisis.

Rental Housing
Supporting the preservation and increase of existing affordable rental housing while improving the housing quality and safety.
Addressing homelessness issues through both prevention and by promoting promising models, such as permanent supportive housing.

Asset Building
Promote the Asset Building Policy Project to increase assets among working poor families to invest in themselves and in their

    Support the work of Michigan’s Rural Network by promoting policies that support sustainability and economic development in rural

                                                                                  FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                                                            ALICIA S. GUEVARA QUINTERO, POLICY ANALYST
                                                                               (517) 485-3588 ♦ QUINTERO@CEDAM.INFO