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The Misnomer of Affordable Housing in Detroit

The Misnomer of Affordable Housing in Detroit

Editorials, Homelessness, Opinion
By Delphia Simmons, Editor I cringe when I read or hear the “A-word” uttered in Detroit these days, especially in relationship to housing. As a city, I think we’ve almost forgotten that affordable housing for all is as important to the life of a truly thriving city as shiny new restaurants and shops, perhaps even more so. I wish I could say I believe that Detroit understands this fact. But much of what I hear is easy lip service and background noise. The reality is clearer each day: We are losing housing that is affordable for most residents of Detroit at a pace that is not keeping up with replacement or even the proclamations of new developments with 20% “affordable” units. Adding to the problem is the fact that units…
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Being the Change

Being the Change

Uncategorized
This 23 year-old student, entrepreneur, and community organizer didn’t just overcome homelessness — he is on a mission to end it. Byron Brooks was without family support when he chose higher education over factory work and became homeless for his first 1 ½ years of college. The difficulty of attending school and just surviving without food, shelter, or support weighed heavily on him, especially because he carried this burden hidden from plain view. He recalled some painful memories: “I had several instances where I had to defend myself and I have scars from a few of those instances that will forever be with me.” It wasn’t just the lack of security and resources for basic needs, but “dealing with the mental, physical, and emotional stress” that was the most difficult…
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Summer Fun 2019

Summer Fun 2019

Events, Life & Community
By Jourdan Taylor Senior High Student, Writer, Artist, Activist Summer is almost here, and that means fun awaits! No one wants to be stuck in the house with no plans. So, I thought, why not give a list of places you can visit to make the most of warm weather and longer days? This list is made up of activities around metro Detroit and won’t disappoint. There’s so much to do, you won’t have time to think about being bored for the rest of the summer!  So let’s dive in. Ford fireworks: This always happens near the end of June and is a super-fun, family-friendly event! There are several food trucks and restaurants nearby and plenty of things to do while waiting for the fireworks to begin. It’s usually an…
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Same Old, Same Old Tax Returns?  NOT!

Same Old, Same Old Tax Returns? NOT!

Finance
By Ina Fernandez, CPA President & CEO, Fern Capital Inc. With April is here and, you may find yourself sympathizing with the Beatles in “Taxman”: “There’s one for you, nineteen for me.” In reality, the significant changes made to the tax laws affecting the 2018 tax year may hold a few pleasant surprises for most of us. Here is a sampling: Tax Brackets: Tax brackets have changed for 2018. There are still 7 brackets, but the intention of these changes was to reduce taxes paid at lower income brackets. So expect good news in general in this category. Standard Deductions: The standard deduction almost doubled from 2017 to 2018. For singles, it is now $12,000 (versus $6,350 in 2017). For married couples filing jointly, it is now $24,000 (versus $12,700).…
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The Spirit Level: Exposing deeply rooted societal inequity and inequality

The Spirit Level: Exposing deeply rooted societal inequity and inequality

Books, Homelessness, Inequity, Poverty
‘The Spirit Level’ author and epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson: “We have to be very vigilant against all the ways that hate is built up” Richard Wilkinson’s work is dedicated to exposing deeply rooted societal inequality and to showing how much better off people are when living in a more equal society. With ‘The Spirit Level’, the book he co-authored with his colleague Kate Pickett, he brought the results of that work to a mass audience. Wilkinson told INSP about the growing problem of inequality and what street papers are doing to combat it. By Tony Inglis “I find this to be quite a daunting audience. I normally speak to academics and people who are more detached from the real world. But I think many people here know the practicalities of what…
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Melissa Love: Candle Maker by Day, Writer by Night

Melissa Love: Candle Maker by Day, Writer by Night

Books, Business, Enterprise, Life & Community, SLIDES, Uncategorized
Melissa Love is a multi-talented Detroit entrepreneur with three novels to her credit as well as her own candle business. A product of the Detroit public school system, she graduated from Northwestern High School. Soon after, she went on to further educate herself in the medical field. She is a surgical technician and has been in the field for a number of years. She has also worked for the prison system and has been in her current place of employment for 11 years. This proud mother of three grew up around Lee Place near Clairmount and Rosa Parks. Melissa has always loved reading, and after experiencing some urban fiction writing, she began writing her own novels. She describes her writing as “a way for me to be creative in telling…
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