Raphael Harlan Awarded FIRST Sunrise Entrepreneurial Grant

Posted by on August 10, 2015 in News

August 5, 2015 was a great day for Sunrise Rotary! Past President Mike Moorman awarded Raphael Harlan with the club’s first Entrepreneurial Grant. Raphael owns Harlan’s Donuts, which makes gluten-free, “healthy” donuts of various flavors. Click here to read more.

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design empowers Flint residents to feel safter in their own neighborhoods

Posted by on June 18, 2015 in News

FLINT (WJRT) – (06/16/15) – How do you stop crime in your neighborhood? That a question dozens of people are trying to answer in one Mid-Michigan community. Could it be a step toward safer neighborhoods? Organizers of this crime-preventing training in Flint hope so. Offered free to the public, about 65 people registered to show up on the first day. It’s called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. The three-day program empowers residents to feel safer in their own neighborhoods. “It’s using different...

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Seeking Resident Volunteers to Develop a Plan for Neighborhood Revitalization

Posted by on March 19, 2015 in News

Metro Community Development is the lead agency for the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP), a neighborhood revitalization initiative under President Obama’s Administration. In 2012, Flint was chosen with three (3) other communities — Fresno CA, Memphis TN, and Milwaukee WI to take part in the federal funded Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). The role of BNCP is to develop the capacity of residents as leaders to drive community change and remove barriers to revitalization efforts. The capacity building process develops...

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First at Four Focus: Show Me The Money

Posted by on January 28, 2015 in News

Metro Community Development, The Genesee County Tax Assistance & Financial Services Coalition, and Flint CRA Bankers Forum are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Show Me the Money Day – Flint to be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9AM – 1:30PM at Vernon Chapel AME, 5802 Dupont St., Flint 48505. The event will connect participants with numerous resources to help them achieve financial stability through savings, education, entrepreneurship, how to get up to $35,000 in home improvement grants, and up to $25,000 for...

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Local volunteers and agencies conducting homeless count at the end of the month

Posted by on January 9, 2015 in News

By Caresse Jackman FLINT (WJRT) – (1/08/15) David Alston has struggled to make ends meet. He was a hard working man, until he fell on hard times a few years ago. “I lost my employment. I was with CMH part time,” said Alston. There are days where it’s hard to even get a meal. But he finds solace at My Brother’s Keeper: A homeless shelter for Men and Veterans. ” I love Brother’s Keepers here. Their doors are always open to people that’s considerate,” said Alston. Charles McGee is a shelter...

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Micro and Business Loans with CEDAM’s The Bright Side

Posted by on August 25, 2014 in News

Our CEO, Ravi Yalamanchi speaks to “The Bright Side” about our business loan programs. They also interview two of our clients, Ally Equipment Solutions and Latina’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. To learn more about our loan program, visit our Micro Loans page or call our Loan Department at (810) 767-4622 x 57.

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Heroes, Heroines, and Others in Nonprofit Community Development

Posted by on August 14, 2014 in News

WRITTEN BY RICK COHEN  CREATED ON THURSDAY, 14 AUGUST 2014 13:25 Almost everyone knows that homeownership is a good way to build assets and wealth, but during the bank-created economic recession, hundreds of thousands of Americans were—and still are—facing mortgage foreclosures. Saving homes from foreclosure can be thought of as a real estate transaction, but for CDCs it is an intervention to help people avoid losing their major and sometimes only asset, and simultaneously to help whole communities resist decline. Flint, Michigan is one...

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Flint-area nonprofit helps save homes from tax foreclosure

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in News

By Nathan Clark | on July 24, 2014 at 7:50 AM, updated July 24, 2014 at 7:53 AM FLINT, MI – Regina Richards sits confidently in her home, thankful she was directed to a local organization that helped her save her home from tax foreclosure. Richards, 48, has lived in Flint all her life and never thought she would be in a situation where her property tax bills would build up and the city she loved would threaten to take her home from her. Click Here to Read...

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Aquaponics farm project could bring self-sustaining, fresh fish, local produce to Flint

Posted by on July 8, 2014 in News

By Sarah Schuch | on July 04, 2014 at 7:50 AM, updated July 04, 2014 at 9:40 AM FLINT, MI – A way of raising food with fish farms and gardens nourishing each other could bring self-sustaining, locally-grown products to Flint-area neighborhoods, farmer markets, stores and restaurants through a unique project. It’s a big goal, but it would make a great impact, said Ravi Yalamanchi, CEO of Metro Community Development. Metro Community Development, a program that helps disadvantaged youth obtain an education and job...

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Metro is CEDAM’s 2014 Community Economic Development Leader of the Year

Posted by on June 10, 2014 in News

Metro was the recipient of the 2014 CEDAM Community Economic Development Leader of the Year award.  Watch the video to learn more on how our loans programs have helped the community!  

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