How would you like to bring your State Representative or Senator to your community to help with a local project? This summer, League members will have that opportunity! Legislators Building Communities is a new initiative to educate our legislators about housing and community development activities in their districts through hands-on volunteer opportunities. It is led by the Living in Michigan coalition, a network of statewide and regional housing & community development advocates that is co-chaired by CEDAM and Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.
Here’s how it works:
- You submit an online interest form, letting us know your project idea (see rules and ideas here).
- If your project is selected, we will put you in contact with a staff person in your legislator’s office so you can set a date and discuss details.
- You plan and publicize your event (we can help).
- You host your event. Show off your work, involve the community, and take pictures!
- You share your story with us, your contacts, your local media, and anyone else you can think of.
The call for projects is now open, so talk to your local community development advocates and practitioners and submit ideas ASAP.
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator with the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him at 734-669-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's a new tax check-off that can benefit the building of housing in downtowns and communities across the state. Donating to the "Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund" tax check-off is an investment in Michigan communities as the funds collected will support local housing and community development projects to help revitalize our communities.
As a member of the "Living in Michigan" coalition, the League initially worked with other organizations to establish the check-off and ensure that the funds go toward financing downtown and neighborhood improvements along with affordable housing in communities across the state.
With only a few weeks left until the April 15 tax deadline, local officials can help promote the check-off as an important tool in rebuilding communities, and developing downtowns in our state.
Arnold Weinfeld is director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.