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February 2018 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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MCA Catalyst – February 2018
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Working families achieve homeownership through homebuyer education program

Low-income families gain housing through the Home Empowerment Program
A Saginaw County man was renting a small home because he thought it was all he could afford for his family. “I’ve been working full-time since age 18, but with two kids we just couldn’t see how to get ahead enough to afford a home,” says Zachary. “Then we found Mid-Michigan Community Action.”

MMCAA’s Home Empowerment Program offers resources to achieve and maintain successful homeownership. A home empowerment coordinator creates an individualized plan based on personal goals, and provides homebuyer education sessions, foreclosure prevention services, financial capability courses and down payment assistance.

Ten months after completing the courses, Zachary and his family purchased their first home, a four-bedroom house that was a much better fit for his family...

Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm travels to Capitol

Members of the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm helped raise awareness for the need for low income energy assistance during its 30th annual Day at the Capitol event Dec. 12...

Legislator meeting opportunities at MCA’s Day at the Capitol on May 3rd

Community Action Agency leaders will have the chance to meet legislators and discuss the impact of Community Action in their districts during Michigan Community Action’s Day at the Capitol event May 3...

CAA employees and family eligible for reduced tuition, grant money

Financial aid is available to all Community Action Agency employees and their immediate family members at Capella University through a partnership between the two groups. A 10 percent tuition discount is also given as well as a $4,000 grant for certain degree programs...Capella offers credit for professional certificates and prior learning as well as free professional development webinars, many of which qualify for continuing education credit...

Consumers Energy assistance helps heat homes

Low income households will have help paying energy bills thanks to a $10 million Consumers Energy donation to Michigan Community Action and other non-profit organizations. The funds will be distributed among Michigan’s 29 Community Action Agencies...

Other Items

  • Announcements
  • Upcoming Events inc. MI CCAP Study Group and CAAs hold Walks for Warmth

Did You Know?

Decent, affordable housing brings economic stability to families and their communities. Conversely, inadequate housing can negatively affect all taxpayers. Vacant homes, reduced economic development, loss of tax revenue, and people living in buildings that don’t meet housing codes or pose safety hazards are just some of the negative impacts of inadequate housing. Community Action Agencies in Michigan provide an array of housing programs, from homebuyer education classes to housing vouchers and mortgage assistance.

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