Happy Women’s History Month! I am honored to serve as the state representative for the 29th House District and proud to be a strong advocate in Lansing for 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 virtual and in-person community events.
State Rep. Brenda Carter, 29th House District
In this Issue:
- Upcoming Events
- Youth Roundtable Recap
- Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund
- SET SEG Foundation Scholarships
- Affordable Connectivity Program
- Home Heating Credit Information
- Growing MI Business Grant Program
Please join me at one of my upcoming in-person-only coffee hours to discuss issues related to our community:
- April 11 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Goldner Walsh Garden and Home, 559 Orchard Lake in Pontiac
- April 11 from 10-11 a.m. at Haus of Brunch, 3315 Auburn Road in Auburn Hills
Youth Roundtable Recap
I was happy to be joined by Glenn MacIntosh, Kaino Phillips, Professor David Dulio, Courtney Lackey and Quentin Lewis at Oakland University for my Youth Roundtable. We had a wonderful discussion on youth involvement in the political world. It is clear that young people feel a disconnect when it comes to their representation in government. I can’t wait to continue these conversations with middle and high school age students across District 29 to try to find solutions to this problem.
Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund
On Feb. 14, 2022, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) launched the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF) to ease hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The funds are available to assist homeowners mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosure, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardships.
SET SEG Foundation Scholarships
The SET SEG Foundation will be awarding $500 scholarships to 20 skilled trade students. For information on the Skilled Trade Scholarship, please click here. SET SEG also has the Insurance & Risk Management Scholarship. For more information on this scholarship please click here.
Affordable Connectivity Program
Eligible Michiganders may qualify for monthly assistance toward paying their monthly home internet bill under the federal Affordable Connectivity Program, and the Michigan Public Service Commission today is sharing information to make it easy to determine your eligibility and sign up for the benefits. If you are new to the program you can apply online, print an application from that site, or contact your internet company to see if they participate in the ACP, or find a participating provider using the ACP online search tool or the FCC’s list of Michigan ACP providers.
Home Heating Credit Information
Michiganders who need help with their energy bills can now apply for the Home Heating Credit. Low-income, deaf, disabled or blind persons, disabled veterans, and senior citizens may qualify for the Home Heating Credit. Individuals can apply for the Home Heating Credit electronically through the e-File system. Additional information can be found on the Home Heating Credit website.
Growing MI Business Grant Program
The Michigan Department of Treasury is administering a $409 million business grant relief program designed to provide certain Michigan businesses financial support. Under the Growing MI Business Grant Program, eligible businesses in operation before October 1, 2019, may receive a grant up to $5 million due to financial hardship. Eligible businesses that began operating between October 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020, may receive a grant equal to 25% of certain specified costs.The application is now available and will be open until 11:59pm on March 31. You may apply at michigan.gov/abr. Information about the Growing MI Business Grant Program can be found on michigan.gov/abr.