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April 2018 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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Funding to address opioid epidemic top issue at NCAF conference

​A proposed federal grant to help people with opioid use disorder (OUD) is a new issue for the National Community Action Foundation...Legislation in the U.S. House would fund Community Action Agencies to help families affected by OUD find treatment and assist them with such necessities as food, housing, transportation and employment.  The program could help educate communities – including children and youths – about OUD, and train Community Action personnel to spot signs of OUD.  The opioid response bill ​​would authorize $50 million a year through 2022...

The CSBG reauthorization bill, H.R. 5365, and increases in WAP and LIHEAP funding were also covered during the conference.

NWCAA energy partnership helps cut residents’ utility bills with solar

​Low-income residents who have already seen their utility costs reduced after their homes were weatherized by Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) are now realizing additional savings through a pilot program that involves renewable energy credits.

As a result, program participants will pay as much as 70 percent less for electricity than they did previously...

Bill aims to extend weatherization funding

​Legislation that would increase access to stable and committed federal funding for weatherization through the LIHEAP program will help Michigan Community Action agencies increase the number of homes that they can weatherize for low-income residents in Michigan each year...

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Michigan Community Action Summer Conference
July 10-12 in Thompsonville, MI

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April is National Volunteer Month. CAAs rely on volunteers to help them carry out their mission of service to the community. We’ll be recognizing some of the best during our Day at the Capitol on May 3.

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