City of Kalamazoo

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Supporters of consolidated dispatch in Kalamazoo appear to have solved their funding problem, making it possible to launch a unified service after years of discussion and a false start or two.

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Bad credit score? A history of bouncing checks? All are welcomed in the doors at Community Promise Federal Credit Union in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood, but you won't leave the same.

In exchange for affordably-priced loans, for example, customers must submit to financial counseling as well as turn in a household budget.

Officials say their strategies are helping this non-profit bank, which is nearing the five-year mark, be successful in its mission of reversing the challenged financial pasts of low-to-moderate-income people.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The City Commission also heard an update on a program that seeks to reduce violence by reaching out to street gang members.

The Kalamazoo City Commission has set an important rule for the endowment it wants to create. Commissioners voted 5 to 2 last night to allow restricted gifts to its planned Foundation for Excellence. That means donors can give money for specific projects.

WMUK

What do Kalamazoo residents want the city look like in 2025, and how can it happen? A 15 month process to develop a new master plan has been trying to answer those questions.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo City Commissioners have more work ahead of them as they near a final vote on a permanent endowment for the city. The groundbreaking plan would use private donations to fix the city’s finances.

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