Michiganders receiving food assistance will see an extra payment this month
All Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits are receiving an additional monthly payment in January in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Tuesday, Jan. 11. Approximately 1.28 million Michiganders in close to 700,000 households will receive additional food assistance benefits.mlive.com
Justice Department and CFPB Put Landlords and Mortgage Servicers on Notice About Servicemembers’ and Veterans’ Rights
The Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two joint letters today regarding important legal housing protections for military families. A second letter was sent to mortgage servicers regarding military borrowers who have already exited or will be exiting COVID-19 mortgage forbearance programs in the coming weeks and months. The result was numerous settlements with regulators, including a $186 million settlement between the Justice Department and some of the country’s largest mortgage servicers. In addition, under the CARES Act and Regulation X, servicemembers and veterans have the same protections available to all mortgage borrowers. The Justice Department and CFPB are calling on mortgage servicers and landlords to ensure that military homeowners and tenants are safeguarded during the pandemic and benefit equally from the nation’s economic recovery.justice.gov
State to contact 5k Michigan families who could be eligible for food assistance
A new state service is working to reach Michigan families who are unknowingly eligible for food assistance or could otherwise be struggling to apply. The service is meant to assist Michiganders in applying for much-needed food assistance, connect families to benefits and lower the cost for Michigan families. Recently, the MI Benefits Center began mailing letters to older adults and others who are likely eligible for food assistance benefits but are not enrolled in the program. The state department noted that the phone number is only for people who receive letters from the MI Benefits Center. Michiganders who don’t receive a letter can apply for food assistance and other public assistance benefits at www.michigan.gov/MIBridges.mlive.com
Twitter comment linking Waukesha tragedy and Kyle Rittenhouse verdict costs DuPage County Democratic Party social media director Mary Lemanski her post
Ken Mejia-Beal, the chair of the DuPage Democratic Party, said Mary Lemanski was let go shortly after he became aware of her Twitter comments.chicagotribune.com
Applications due for ‘Warm Soles’ winter boot program in Bay County
BAY CITY, MI - Families that are in need of a little extra help keeping their children warm and dry this winter are encouraged to submit an application soon for annual snow boot giveaway. The United Way of Bay County is providing warm snow boots to families that qualify this winter for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade through its annual ‘Warm Soles’ program. Families who fall into the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold or below qualify to apply for the program. The program is made possible through a grant from the Orville and Helaine Lutz Memorial Trust at Huntington National Bank. More from MLive:SNAP benefits can now be used at Caro Farmers’ Market to purchase fresh produce‘We’re fighting two wars right now,’ says Bay County health official as misinformation and COVID-19 spreadsUncertified chemical used in Bay County drinking waterDo you feel welcome in Bay County?mlive.com
With a U-Haul full of medical supplies, San Antonio family comes to Chicago to help others
Dylan Yadriel Cruz-Pantoja had about seven wheelchairs in his life, his mother Itza Pantoja said at a press conference Tuesday, on what would have been her son’s 18th birthday. Government insurance only covered two of them.chicagotribune.com
Child Tax Credits bring relief to Chicago families, but critics worry some are left out. ‘It doesn’t actually reach many of the most vulnerable.’
Newly expanded Child Tax Credits began hitting the bank accounts of Chicago-area families this month, but critics say those most in need may inadvertantly be shut out. Proponents, meanwhile, are pushing to make the benefit permanent.chicagotribune.com
How to Watch the season 2 premiere of ‘Families of the Mafia’ stream for free
Tonight at 9pm on MTV, catch the season 2 premiere of Families of the Mafia. The Gravanos, O’Tooles, and Laroccas of the previous season remain in Staten Island, NY—as the series zooms in even further—diving into the lives of these families with ties to the mafia. You can catch every glimpse of potentially unfinished business for free on FuboTV (7-day free trial) and Philo (free trial). Skip cable, and stream every episode of this soon to be juicy season—a window into the lives of mafia-connected families—for free on FuboTV and Philo. If you like true-crime, tune in tonight at 9pm to watch the season 2 premiere of Families of the Mafia.mlive.com
How to Watch TLC’s So Freakin Cheap for free
Tonight at 10pm, watch TLC’s So Freakin Cheap—a reality show following four families who take savings to the next level. Catch every penny-pinching tactic as the cast pursues modeling on a budget, plans a seriously frugal wedding, and more, on tonight’s episode of So Freakin Cheap. Tune in at 10pm to watch episode 1, “Rather Die Than Pay Retail,” for free on FuboTV (7-day free trial). Forget cable, start your FuboTV free trial and get into the spirit of the show! After all, it’s certainly what these So Freakin Cheap families would do to watch.mlive.com
Book a private playtime at Ann Arbor’s Hands-On Museum with your pod
ANN ARBOR – It’s been a long year of closures, and one group that has felt it the most is parents. Luckily, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has begun offering reservations for pods of up to 25 people to come and enjoy the beloved children’s museum. How it works:Each pod pays a set price for a group up to 25 people (including babies). To qualify, the registrant must be an EBT or WIC card holder. The card must be shown to museum staff on the day of their reservation.
U-M: Parent depression, stress caused by pandemic had negative impact on kids’ schooling
Most of the parents said that their children learned online from home, using school-provided electronic resources, educational apps and social media. Roughly 35% of parents reported that their children’s behavior changed since the pandemic began, including feelings of sadness, loneliness and depression. Daily schedule disruptions and a lack of access to free and reduced-price meals from school were significant stressors, parents reported. “Research suggests that, unfortunately, the high levels of stress, anxiety and depression among parents remained high through the summer and early fall. Co-authors on the study are U-M doctoral student in psychology and social work, Kaitlin Ward and U-M undergraduate research assistants Kasey Downing and Olivia Chang.
$1 million goes to Matrix Human Services to help youth, seniors, vulnerable citizens in Michigan
DETROIT – Matrix Human Services announced Tuesday it received over $1 million in grants to fund four multi-generational programs. Matrix says this grant will improve their overall health and nutrition, allowing them to age in place gracefully. Matrix says this grant will go to help adults who seek to become early childhood educators. Seniors interested in participating in this program can contact Matrix Human Services at matrixhumanservices.org. Matrix helps rebuild Detroit’s neighborhoods through the efforts of over 550 employees at more than 50 program locations throughout the city.
Hundreds of physicians, psychologists call for Ann Arbor Public Schools to reopen
ANN ARBOR – More than 350 local physicians and psychologists have signed an open letter and petition to the Ann Arbor Board of Education and Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift, urging them to reopen schools for students who choose to learn in-person by Gov. “The scientific, health and psychological consensus is clear: It is possible for children and teachers to safely return to school with proper mitigation measures. Ad“My own experience of seeing the devastation caused by school closure among Ann Arbor’s children has been eye-opening and heartbreaking. “It’s time for Ann Arbor to make the rational decision to allow students and families a choice of in-person schooling. AAPS students deserve better.”This is the third letter that Ann Arbor healthcare providers has sent to AAPS and coincides with efforts by parents to reopen the schools due to negative impacts their children are facing during the closures.
U-M researchers: Parent visitation should not be restricted at pediatric hospitals
Vance: The majority of hospitals changed policies to limit visitation to one parent/caregiver at the bedside. Several hospitals restricted all parents, caregivers and others required that only one parent be designated as the ‘visitor’ for the duration of the hospitalization. I am hopeful that with this statement and the attention it may garner, that hospital administrators review visitation policies to ensure they aren’t overreaching. Vance: The term “essential care” came directly from parents who stated this is how they wanted to be viewed. The specific phrasing of “essential care” is new in this context, but for a long time, there have been many advocates for family-centered care which integrates family involvement.
Pediatric patients in Ann Arbor experience ‘bedside toy store’ ahead of Christmas
A member of the Mott Child and Family Life team dressed as an elf delivers presents to a pediatric patient at Mott Children's Hospital. ANN ARBOR – Although the coronavirus pandemic has changed holiday traditions worldwide this year, the annual “bedside toy store” at C.S. This year, members of the Mott Child and Family Life Team played elves and went “shopping” for the perfect gifts patients. A member of staff picks out toys for a family of a hospitalized child at Mott Children's Hospital. Before the pandemic, the holiday store is an event that lasts days and involves 20-30 volunteers who help wrap gifts and stock the shelves.