Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, including some updates and news from your state government.
Upcoming Event: Facebook Live Coffee Hour
Please join me for a Facebook Live coffee hour this Friday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon. You will find the event on my Facebook page at that time. I will give a legislative update and answer any questions you may have. Please email KaraHope@house.mi.gov with any questions or topics you would like covered. I look forward to speaking with you all soon.
Operation Good Cheer Celebrates 50 Years
On Friday, I presented a tribute to Operation Good Cheer in honor of its 50th anniversary. Since its founding in 1971, this organization has generously donated holiday gifts to children, teens, and adults with disabilities who live in foster care, group homes, and residential treatment facilities. Thank you to the management, staff and all of the wonderful volunteers at Operation Good Cheer and Child and Family Charities for making Christmas wishes come true for thousands of Michiganders every year. I’m pictured here with Sherry Brackenwagen, the Director of Operation Good Cheer.
Housing Aid Available Under MI Homeowner Assistance Fund
Nearly $243 million in housing assistance funds will become available under MSHDA’s new Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund. Income-eligible homeowners can receive up to $25,000 per household. To qualify, homeowners need to have experienced a pandemic-related financial hardship after Jan. 21, 2020, or faced financial difficulties that began before Jan. 21, 2020, and continued. Eligible homeowners must occupy their property and can’t have an income above 150% of the area median income.
More information and the application can be found at Michigan.gov/MIHAF.
Tri-County Office on Aging Offers New Program for Caregivers
The Tri-County Office on Aging has partnered with Trualta to provide caregivers with a free on-demand e-learning platform. Trualta provides activities, information on new behaviors, self-care tips, discussion boards and other resources to help individuals care for their aging loved ones. Sign up at tcoa.trualta.com/.
Reminder: FAFSA Deadline Approaches on March 1
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for current high school seniors is due Tuesday, March 1. This form determines eligibility for state and federal financial aid, including grants, scholarships and student loans. Find more information and fill out the application at studentaid.gov.
The local nonprofit Capital Area College Access Network offers help completing the FAFSA. Call (517) 203-5011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are also encouraged to seek help from their school counselors or college advisers.