The Oakland County Health Division has issued a county-wide mask mandate for all educational institutions in Oakland County due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The mask mandate is in response to rising COVID cases and hospitalizations, especially among children, and will affect public, private and charter schools in the county.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has stated that “consistent mask use” can reduce COVID risk in school settings and that counties with mask mandates in place tend to experience lower illness rates.
The county-wide order mandates, more specifically, that all people in pre-K through 12th grade wear proper face coverings inside any school building.
The educational institutions also include day care and vocational schools.
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Deadline for Mortgage Assistance Approaching Sept. 30
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is reminding Michigan consumers with federally backed mortgages who are worried about falling behind on payments that assistance is available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, but they must act before the Sept. 30 deadline.
Under the CARES Act, borrowers with federally backed loans could ask for a pause to or reduction in their payments, also known as a forbearance, of up to 180 days, with an extension of 180 days if additional relief is needed. The Biden administration has extended the forbearance enrollment window through Sept. 30.
Individuals with federally backed mortgages have until Sept. 30 to request an initial forbearance. Individuals with loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac do not currently have a deadline for requesting an initial forbearance.
The MiMortgage Relief Partnership is also available to assist impacted homeowners in Michigan until Dec. 31, 2021. Through this partnership, more than 230 of Michigan’s financial institutions have agreed to provide mortgage relief to borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Individuals unsure of who owns their mortgage can visit the Federal Housing Finance Agency website.
For more information on COVID-19 related mortgage relief, call DIFS Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (877) 999-6442.
Rental Assistance Is Available to Help Renters and Landlords
If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities or other housing costs — or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation — help may be available. State and local programs are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic.
Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Rental Assistance Finder to find out what this means for you and what you can do. The CFPB’s site also includes resources to help renters and landlords understand other resources to help them navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic.