Dear Neighbor,

I am honored to serve as state representative for the 29th House District and proud to be a strong advocate in Lansing for the residents and families of our community. Please encourage your friends and family to stay connected and subscribe to this e-newsletter. It will keep you up to date on legislation and policies coming from the Capitol, as well as my coffee hours and other community events I host both virtually and in person.

In Service,

State Rep. Brenda Carter, 29th House District

In this Issue:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Poverty and Homelessness Resolution
  • Turkey Run Information
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • Neighborhood Enhancement Program

Upcoming Events 

  1. Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m.: Pontiac Holiday Extravaganza Parade
  2. Monday, Dec. 13, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Goldner Walsh Coffee Hour
  3. Monday, Dec. 13, from 10-11 a.m.: Haus of Brunch Coffee Hour
  4. Tree Lighting Ceremonies in the District
    1. Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.: Pontiac
    2. Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.: Auburn Hills
    3. Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.: Sylvan Lake

Recognizing Poverty and Homelessness Awareness Month 

It was my honor to recognize November 2021 as Poverty and Homelessness Awareness Month in the state of Michigan with House Resolution 193, which unanimously passed the House of Representatives. Here is a link to my floor speech in support of this much-needed resolution.

My colleague in the Senate, Sen. Rosemary Bayer, introduced this same resolution so that the Senate was also able to honor this special month.

Together, Sen. Bayer and I hope that we can eliminate poverty and homelessness in the state of Michigan. That is why we founded the bipartisan, bicameral Poverty and Homelessness Caucus. I envision a Michigan in which no child goes hungry, no parent struggles to find clothing and no person goes without a roof over their head.

Turkey Run

This November, I was fortunate to receive 100 turkeys from Russ Russell of the Lighthouse of Oakland County, 10 turkeys from Kaino Phillips by way of Sen. Marshall Bullock, and fixings from Dave Coleman of QTMC Center Stage. With these gracious donations, I was able to give a hearty Thanksgiving meal to many hungry community members, veterans, and churches. Some of the groups that received turkeys include:

  • New Mount Moriah Church
  • New Birth International Church
  • Monument of Faith
  • Liberty Baptist Church
  • Nick’s Corners Restaurant
  • Pontiac Universal Crimes
  • VFW 1370

If someone is in need of a post-Thanksgiving turkey, I have extra. Feel free to reach out to my office.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.

The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, including:

  • People who make $57,000 or less.
  • Persons with disabilities.
  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers.

In addition to VITA, the TCE program offers free tax help, particularly to those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.

State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks made an urgent call for eligible Michiganders to take part in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program before the 2022 individual income tax season. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the program, follow this link. If you would like more information on volunteers follow this link.

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program Submission is Now Open

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) recently announced that the Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) will provide up to $2 million in MSHDA funding statewide for activities directly tied to stabilization and enhancement of Michigan’s rural communities and urban neighborhoods.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 8. For program details and to access the NEP program submission instructions, please visit our website at