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March 2016 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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MI-March-2016 (144x200)MCA Catalyst – March 2016

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AMCAB rehabs historic building for local housing needs

When renovation of the former Holy Family Orphanage, a longtime eyesore in the city of Marquette, begins this spring, it will serve as another example of Alger-Marquette Community Action Board responding to the housing needs in the Upper Peninsula communities it serves…

AMCAB has partnered with Farmington Hills-based Home Renewal Systems LLC to redevelop the historic former Holy Family Orphanage in downtown Marquette, using $12.6 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and $2.2 million in Historic Tax Credits…Upon completion in 2017, the renovated property - The Grandview Marquette - will provide 56 affordable housing units, with one quarter set aside for homeless families and those with special needs…

Coalition recognizes legislators, leaders for energy assistance advocacy

The Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm recognized legislators and community leaders Feb. 24 in Lansing for their work on energy issues for low-income families. Coalition members also met with state lawmakers to raise awareness about the energy assistance needs of Michigan's low-income households…

The event on the capitol grounds recognized…Laura Oblinger of Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and John Stephenson of Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency with the 2016 Innovator Award…The coalition recognized the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency and the Traverse City Area Chamber for their annual joint partnership of the Traverse City Sleep Out, which raises awareness and funds with area celebrities camping out for the night at the start of the heating season….

SE MI county residents get water assistance with WRAP

Low income customers will receive help paying their water and sewer bills with the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.  WRAP is a Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) regional program administered by the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Energy assistance helps Northwest residents build self-sufficiency

Winter winds and frigid temperatures can cause discomfort for low income households that cannot afford high energy prices.  Last fall, the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency distributed $550,000 to 752 families across its ten county region to help pay energy bills as part of the fuel energy assistance program.  NMCAA also helps clients learn about budgeting and strategies for saving money on heating bills…

NCAF's Legislative Conference – March 15-18

The National Community Action Foundation's annual legislative conference will host congressional speakers and other national leaders to discuss current issues in Washington, D.C.

CAA award nominations due

MCA will host its annual Community Action Awards presentation April 28 as part of the annual Day at the Capitol event.  All member agencies are invited to nominate an agency client and/volunteer for recognition.  Recipients receive an inscribed trophy and $100 gift card…

Governor's Economic/Education Summit

The Governor's Economic and Education Summit will take place Tuesday, March 15, in Grand Rapids, featuring keynote speaker Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist at Google.  The event is designed to encourage collaboration between the education and business communities to attract, retain and develop Michigan's professional talent…

Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning Training

Michigan Community Action will conduct a two day intensive training session March 29-30 in Okemos on designing and managing a community needs assessment and strategic planning process…

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