Dear Neighbor,

Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, including updates and news from your state government.

MDHHS’ Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Ends Soon

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides federal money for crisis assistance for energy services, will no longer be available to residents beginning June 15. If you or someone you know is interested in taking advantage of this federal funding, you can find more information at the MDHHS website.


 Rep. Hope Supports Victims of Gun Violence at “Wear Orange” Event

Last weekend, I wore orange to remember those lost to gun violence and to recommit to ending gun violence. 

I have advocated for reforms to reduce gun violence since first being elected to the House. So far this term, laws have been passed to: 

  • Require criminal background checks before all firearm purchases.
  • Require gun owners to safely store their firearms so that minors cannot access them.
  • Establish extreme risk protection orders, which allow the courts to temporarily remove firearms from those who pose a threat to themselves or others.
  • Prevent individuals with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from possessing firearms for a period of time after their sentence. 

We have invested in community-based gun violence prevention programs, and we have created the first state Office of Community Violence Intervention Services. I look forward to continuing the work to make Michigan a safer place to live.


Holt Public Schools Receives Grants to Help Future Teachers

The Michigan Department of Education recently awarded Holt Public Schools (as well as 24 other districts around the state) a Future Proud Michigan Educator EXPLORE grant. These grants are for districts to help students pursue careers in education. The funds cover tuition reimbursement for graduates who complete the EXPLORE Program and plan to teach in their home district, helping to mitigate our state’s teacher shortage. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the EXPLORE programs, visit their website here or email


MiLEAP Expands Access to Free Preschool

The Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential recently awarded $8.7 million in Great Start Readiness Program grants to open 348 new preschool classrooms, expanding access to free and high-quality preschool for more than 5,000 4-year-olds. Click the link here to learn more and find a GSRP or Head Start program near you.

I recently toured the Capital Area Community Services Head Start program in Lansing. It was wonderful to meet such dedicated professionals committed to providing quality education for preschoolers.

Rep Hope visiting Capital Area Community Services


Kara Hope

State Representative 


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MDHHS’ Kinship Advisory Council Seeking Applicants

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is seeking new applicants, including professionals and individuals with kinship care experience, for its Kinship Advisory Council. 

Kinship care is the full-time care of children by family members or other important adults in the child’s life. This could include grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings or family friends. Kinship care can occur when a child is placed through the MDHHS foster care system or through an arrangement between the parent and the kinship caregiver. 

Council members will advocate on behalf of the needs of kinship caregivers and the children in their care. Applications must be submitted by Friday, June 28, at If you are interested in being considered for the Kinship Advisory Council or if you have questions about the application process, email Jessica Bodell at

On a personal note, my husband and I were kinship caregivers to our niece and nephew, who are now adults. Caring for them was the most rewarding experience of my life, but it was also one of the most challenging experiences. When the kids moved in with us (at ages 8 and 3 years old), I could have used some outside support. That’s why I am happy to support the legislation that created this council, as well as legislation that eliminates some of the red tape for prospective kinship caregivers.


Arthritis Foundation Presents “Walk with Ease” Program for Seniors

Get moving with the Arthritis Foundation’s free, six-week “Walk with Ease” program! Walk with Ease is an exercise program that focuses on reducing pain and improving overall health. Participants will commit to walking three times per week for six weeks and weekly check-ins. Optional group walks will also be offered every Thursday from July 18 through Aug. 22, at Sam Corey Senior Center, 2108 Cedar Holt. To register, contact the Tri-County Office on Aging at (517) 887-1465 or


Save Money on Groceries with Double Up Food Bucks

I know groceries are expensive right now, especially for our neighbors struggling to put food on the table. Double Up Food Bucks is here to help. Those who shop for groceries with a SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card can double their benefits to purchase fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and veggies using Double Up Food Bucks. The program is available at 230+ participating farmers markets, farm stands and grocery stores across Michigan. With farmers market season around the corner, it’s a great time to use the program! Learn how it works and find a participating location near you at