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Posted on: December 13, 2021

Barrier Busters Network Continues to Assist with Emergent Needs, 3rd Quarter Report Available Now

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The Barrier Busters 3rd Quarter Report provides information about the type of funding requests distributed to Washtenaw County residents from July 1 - September 30, 2021. Highlights include: 

  • 45.3% of total requests in the third quarter assisted u...
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Posted on: October 25, 2021

Community Input Sessions in South Ypsilanti

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Washtenaw Urban County is planning on additional community investments in neighborhoods located on the Southside of Ypsilanti and we hope to work with local residents to make decisions through a collection of community input. 

In 2019, we held a s...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 31, 2021

Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Community Services Block Grant Plan

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Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Plan

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) will accept public comments on its Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Plan f...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 11, 2021

Washtenaw County Residents Affected by Flooding Eligible for Disaster Food Assistance Program

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Starting tomorrow, low-income residents of Wayne and Washtenaw counties who were affected by recent flooding and are not already receiving food assistance benefits soon can apply for federal Disaster Food Assistance Program benefits. The Michigan Departme...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 3, 2021

New Human Services Partnership to Replace Coordinated Funding

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Washtenaw County and the City of Ann Arbor are working together in coordination with other local funding agencies to develop a New Human Services Partnership to replace Washtenaw Coordinated Funding.

The New partnership will focus investments in efforts to...

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Posted on: July 20, 2021

UPDATED: Flood Resources Available for Washtenaw County Residents

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UPDATE: The deadline for survivors for the June 25-26 severe storms and flooding to register with FEMA for individual disaster assistance has been extended to Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 

The extension applies to survivors living in Wayne and Was...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Rental, Utility, and Internet Assistance Available as Eviction Moratorium Nears Expiration

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Rental and utility relief assistance funds are available now! Learn more here.

The Federal CDC Eviction Moratorium will end on July 31, but assistance funds are available to help qualifying households in Washtenaw County who continue to face pande...

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Posted on: July 8, 2021

Barrier Busters Unmet Needs Fund Continues to Support Residents Impacted by the Pandemic

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A summary report from the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) shows financial assistance requests made during the first quarter of 2021 (January through March 2021) to the Barrier Buster Unmet Needs Fund continued...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Releases Bi-Annual Report

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Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (WCBRA) recently released the program’s bi-annual report. The report includes information about activities, grant programs, and financial data from 2019 and 2020. 

Highlights from the r...

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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Barrier Busters Releases 2020 Annual Report

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OCED worked to increase and expand the capacity of Barrier Busters, welcoming new partners with strong community connections to the network. Additional funding was also secured from partners including Washtenaw County...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance is Now Available!

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Having trouble paying or receiving rent? Federal funds are available to help tenants facing pandemic-related hardships avoid eviction while also ensuring landlords can recoup owed rent through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program. CERA is ...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Financial Assistance Requests Remain Higher than Average as the Impact of COVID-19 Continues

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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) recently released updated Barrier Busters COVID-19 response summary reports. These summary reports detail Barrier Busters activities between July 1 and September 30. During that time...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Washtenaw County OCED Releases New Report on Activities from January 2019 Through August 2020

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The Washtenaw County Office Community and Economic Development (OCED) released a report detailing activities from January 2019 through August 2020. The report includes a summary of programs, initiatives, and&am...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

OCED Partners with Community for Socially Distant Parkridge SummerFest & Joe Dulin Community Day

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This summer, Parkridge SummerFest and Joe Dulin Community Day celebrated 10 years of bringing together music, food, and community in Parkridge Park every fourth Saturday of August. This year’s festivities looked a little different due to the COV...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Barrier Busters Requests Triple During COVID-19 Response

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Newly released summary reports from the Washtenaw County Office Community and Economic Development (OCED) show financial assistance requests made to the Barrier Buster Unmet Needs Fund tripled during the first months of the COVID-19 pand...

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

Community Chooses New Playground Design Ypsilanti’s Parkridge Park

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Over the last year, the City of Ypsilanti and the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development engaged over 100 residents to identify and prioritize what type of investment they want to see in their community. Last Summer, dozens of commu...

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: August 20, 2020

New Partnership and Program Supports Renters to Prevent Eviction

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Washtenaw County OCED is partnering with Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC) and Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) to administer a new Eviction Diversion and Prevention (EDP) program. The EDP program connects individuals to financial...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE: Ann Arbor Announces Affordable Housing Waitlist Website

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On Friday, July 24, 2020, the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), along with the City of Ann Arbor, launched a new affordable housing waitlist website: AnnArborWaitlist.com. The waitlist will open for the first t...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Washtenaw County Continuum Of Care Adopts Racial Equity Statement

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On July 15, 2020, the Washtenaw County Continuum of Care (CoC) Board adopted a statement committing to understanding and addressing racial equity in the local homelessness response system. 

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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Michigan Launches Program to Support Small Business Impacted by COVID-19

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The State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to support small businesses in our state in response to the economic impact of COVID-19. This funding is now available through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to businesses ...
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Community & Economic Development - News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Washtenaw County Opens Cooling Centers

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With temperatures expected to rise above 90° this week, Washtenaw County will open two (2) cooling centers beginning July 7th. Starting Tuesday morning, the atrium of the Community Mental Health building at 555 Towner St. in Ypsilanti and the Lear...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Substantial Amendment to Urban County Citizen Participation Plan available for comment

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Notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw County OCED that one public hearing, and a 5 day public comment period, will be held to solicit citizen input on a substantial amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Nonprofit Agencies Receive Support From Washtenaw County and Community Partners

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Washtenaw County nonprofits are playing a major role in stepping up to provide essential services to the members of our community during the COVID-19 crisis. From helping coordinate food distribution to staffin...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Washtenaw County Partners to Support Local Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis

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“Just as Washtenaw County has been working hard to ensure residents have the latest public health information and access to essential services, we are committed to helping the small business community,” said Gregory Dill, Washtenaw Cou...

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Posted on: February 21, 2020

Washtenaw County Support New Statewide Capacity Building Initiative

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Through Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, the Office of Community and Economic Development is supporting a new initiative that will enable nonprofits to connect with talent and receive capacity-building support. &ldquo...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications

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“Being a part of SummerWorks was awesome! My job led to an internship and the internship turned into my career!”

- 2017 SummerWorks Participant 

Are you between the ages of 16 and 24? Do you w...

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Posted on: December 30, 2021

Public Comment Period & Public Hearing | Needs Assessment for Urban County 2022-23 Action Plan

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD & PUBLIC HEARING

Needs Assessment for Washtenaw Urban County | 2022-23 Action Plan

Pursuant to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulations, notice is hereby given by the Washtenaw County Office...

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