Dear Neighbor:

Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, including some updates on the state’s efforts to address COVID-19 and its effects on housing, employment, and more.

Futures for Frontliners

Michigan recently launched the Futures for Frontliners program, which provides a tuition-free pathway to higher education or a high school diploma for the essential workers who were working on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To qualify, an individual must be a Michigan resident; and have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for eleven of the thirteen weeks between April and June 2020. Individuals who already have a college degree are not eligible.

For more information and to apply, visit Applications are due December 31, 2020. You can learn more about the Futures for Frontliners program here.

Gyms and Pools Reopen, Organized School Sports Allowed with Strict Safety Measures

Gyms and pools across the state reopened last week, and organized sports can resume with strict protections against the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Whitmer signed an additional executive order clarifying that face coverings must be worn at all times by athletes in organized sports when they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Face coverings are not required for athletes participating in swim competitions.

Michigan House of Representatives Honors First Responders


Last Thursday at the Capitol, the Michigan House of Representatives held its 9/11 Memorial Service. We remembered those who died in the 9/11/01 attacks and honored first responders and military members from Michigan who passed away over the past year. It was my honor to read the name of Michigan State Trooper Caleb Starr of Mason. He died from injuries sustained when a drunk driver hit his patrol vehicle.

While legislative offices remain closed to the public, my team is still providing responsive service as they work from home. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (517) 373-0587 or by email at if we can help.


Kara Hope

State Representative