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New loan fund looks to develop co-op economy in Detroit

Traditionally, there have been very few avenues for cooperatives to access financing. The Detroit Community Wealth Fund (DCWF) wants to change that. DCWF offers loans to cooperative businesses in Detroit, while providing technical support along the way. Its loans are non-extractive, meaning it doesn’t ask for personal assets, only a portion of monthly profits until the loan is repaid. It also ...

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Detroit foodies help to grow awareness of veganism in city’s communities of color

This article was originally published in Tostada Magazine. For eight years, Chantele Jones went back and forth about keeping meat in her diet. She had been a vegetarian for a while, but a diagnosis of a chronic skin condition in 2012 jump-started her final transition from vegetarianism to veganism. A couple of days after attempting to relax her hair, Jones noticed that ...

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Community Land Trusts and Community Control”

Are there alternative ways to own land, run businesses, and assert community control? How can these models be harnessed by everyday Detroiters to create community wealth?  On Oct. 9, well take a look at these questions and more at a panel event, the third of four, as part of our ongoing Equitable Development series. The event is free and open ...

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Michigan’s homeless face major barriers to healthcare. Here’s how care providers are trying to help.

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining health disparities, how they affect Michigan’s children and seniors, and the innovative solutions being developed to address them. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Imagine being a gay or lesbian teenager thrown out of your home, living on the streets, finding out you’re ...

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These diverse Metro Detroit schools are also among the state’s best

The world is becoming increasingly diverse. And leaders at top local schools say they need to reflect that diversity for students to be successful. Through educational opportunities, committees, events, and more, some of the best schools across Metro Detroit are also some of the most diverse in terms of student demographics and educational offerings, working to bring the real world ...

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When mobility and health care intersect

The mobility industry has seen major growth in recent years as a variety of stakeholders have begun to realize the potential of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). Now the health care industry is undergoing a similar transformation, and intersections between the two sectors stand to truly change – and save – lives. “Health care is now becoming the same way ...

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Bilingual primary health care office opens in southwest Detroit

A new healthcare provider is coming to Southwest Detroit. Medicina Urbina, a modern, holistic primary health care office, is celebrating its grand opening Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. with Castalia cocktails featuring Detroit’s own Cabresto Tequila and a DJ set from Vinnie Massimino of Portage Garage Sounds. Dr. Mark Beard, founder of Medicina Urbina, combines osteopathic medical ...

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