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December 2015 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action

MI-Dec-2015MCA Catalyst – December 2015

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NEMCSA School Success Program

An elementary school student who was often suspended is particularly memorable to Lisa Siegert, School Success Partnership Program coordinator with Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency…

Over its 20 years, the SSP program has accumulated an impressive track record of helping improve children's academic performance and has garnered the attention of Gov. Rick Snyder and other state leaders, who directed funding toward the program for support and expansion. The program also caught the eye of researchers from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, who validated its effectiveness…The SSP Program has a staff of 32 who are NEMCSA employees, including program administrators in the agency's Alpena headquarters and liaisons stationed in each participating school.

Community Action Partnership 2016 Management & Leadership Training Conference

New Orleans Jan 6-8 – more info

Client Story: "My Path To Home Ownership"

For me, homeownership always seemed out of reach. For many years I struggled to escape the "rental trap," moving from place to place, paying thousands of dollars and having nothing to show for my efforts. As a high school honor student with an associate degree, I thought I was prepared for success in the world… I was fortunate to have a conversation with a loan originator from a local bank who gave me advice on my credit issues. I began to explore online and I was eventually led to the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA). I learned that I could take classes to prepare me for homeownership and possibly receive down payment assistance to purchase a home…

Weatherization Facts

According to national studies, energy usage for households that receive Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) services generally drops 15 to 20 percent. As a result, utility bills generally decrease on average about $250 to $400 per year…

NCAF leader presents "History of Community Action and the War on Poverty"

NCAF's Bradley urges long view in nation's war on poverty – Illiteracy, social inequality and lack of economic opportunity contribute to the cycle of poverty that many Americans face, according to David Bradley, National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) executive director who spoke Nov. 24 in Okemos to a group of Community Action leaders, staff and board members about the history of Community Action…

A reason for bringing the History of Community Action workshop to Michigan was to remind members of our roots and empower Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to think beyond the programs they offer, to the key role that CAAs play in community economic development, convening and proposing solutions to poverty and ensuring that low-income people have a seat at the table when decisions about their community's resources and policies are made.

Bradley urged Community Action leaders to take a long view and consider how far the effort has come and how it continues to have a positive impact on communities in need of assistance.


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