Welcome to my e-newsletter! I’m honored and humbled to serve as our community’s voice at the Capitol in Lansing. As we continue into the term, rest assured that the challenges families in our community and state are facing are at the top of my legislative priorities.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by phone at (517) 373-0152 or email at AmosONeal@house.mi.gov if we can help.
State Representative, 95th House District
In this issue:
Remembering 9/11 at the Capitol
Last week, first responders from across the state joined us at the capitol for the annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony. I was so honored to bring one of our community’s own firefighters and have the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices that were made.
Deadline for Mortgage Assistance 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 that they must act before the Sept. 30 deadline.
Under the CARES Act, borrowers with federally backed loans can ask for a pause to or reduction of 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, 2021.
Individuals with federally backed mortgages have until Sept. 30, 2021, 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.
Volunteers Needed in September for Invasive Species Removal
Several state parks in southern Michigan have volunteer stewardship workdays coming up in September. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plants that threaten high-quality ecosystems in the parks.
Please note that registration is required for all volunteer workdays.
Workdays will take place:
More details about each workday and how to register can be found on the DNR volunteer events calendar.