Author: Nicholas Goodman

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USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February

Via USDA At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a plan to ensure that low-income Americans have access to the nutrition they need, despite the inability of Congress to pass an appropriations bill that safely secures our borders.  The plan provides full benefits for participants in […]

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Energy Assistance Resources

Energy Assistance Resources  By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist  Fall has arrived, and with it approaches a need for weatherization and utility assistance programs. If you are working with a client who needs assistance with energy bills, there are resources they should know about.  MDHHS is changing State Emergency Relief (SER), effective October 1, 2018.  Crisis season has been eliminated. A household may receive SER assistance with heat […]

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Positive resident experiences nets Michigan’s MI Bridges application website national, state awards

Via Michigan.gov/mdhhs For additional information contact: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112 Michigan’s improved MI Bridges – the self-service website where residents can apply for public assistance benefits, manage their cases and explore community resources – recently won national and state awards. The awards recognize MI Bridges as technology that provides for positive user experiences. The national honor is the IT […]

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How SNAP Ensures Healthy Aging

Via NCOA By Erin Kee Proper nutrition is essential for older adults to age well. Yet 2.8 million households with an older adult experience food insecurity, lacking consistent access to nutritious food for an active, healthy life. Food insecure seniors face a wide array of negative health outcomes: More chronic conditions: Food insecure seniors have lower nutrient intake […]

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MiCAFE Network: Gwen’s Story

MiCAFE Network: Gwen’s Story

Gwen, a MiCAFE Network Client, shares how MiCAFE Network Application Assistants assisted her with benefits access.

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September is Hunger Action Month: Take Action and Fight Hunger!

By Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist When September hits, many people start to think of fall. We start to see a lot of red, orange, and yellow in décor, clothing, and food. However, orange has another meaning during the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month. Here are some statistics from Feeding America associated with Senior Hunger across our country: Nearly 5 million seniors […]

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Free Tax Preparation Help Available

Via AARP By Gary Strauss The Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting 2017 returns on Jan. 29. If you need assistance figuring out the often-complex tax rules, you can take advantage of free preparation and advice from AARP, the IRS, volunteer organizations and some commercial tax advisors. The last day to file is April 17, two days […]

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Free Resources for Aging Services Providers

Via ncoa.org By Brandy Bauer Whether you’re a benefits counselor at a local aging agency, or an activities director at a senior center, chances are you’re always on the lookout for free materials to use at outreach events, health fairs, communal dining, conferences, and more. While anyone is welcome to download any publication from NCOA’s […]

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MDHHS Releases User Friendly Application Assistance Forms

By Bob Wheaton, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services January 30, 2018 Michigan has debuted a more user friendly application for public assistance that is more comprehensive and less than half the size of the previous form. The streamlined application for food assistance, Medicaid and other benefits now has 18 pages – down from […]

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Free Online Course to Help Health Care Providers Address Senior Hunger

Via frac.org February 5, 2018 The Food Research & Action Center and AARP Foundation today released a free, online course, “Screen & Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults,” to educate health care and community-based providers around the country about the extent of senior hunger and the solutions that exist to solve it. Read the […]

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Understanding the Government Pension Offset

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Getting ready for retirement requires evaluation of all your sources of retirement income. Even if you worked for the government and didn’t pay the FICA tax on your earnings, you may be eligible for benefits from your spouse’s work under Social Security. However, when you receive both […]

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MiCAFE Network Partner Profile: Region 2 Area Agency on Aging

By Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist The MiCAFE Network is constantly growing and expanding across our great state, I am thrilled to use our blog posts to introduce different MiCAFE Partners Profile so that others in the network can learn more about the various partners who are the MiCAFE Network. I would like to introduce […]

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Home Heating Tax Credit

Home Heating Tax Credit

By Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney One thing Michiganders love most about living in the beautiful state of Michigan is the ability to experience all four seasons in their full glory. Sometimes, we even get to experience them all in one day. However, the drawback to this is that the winters can be bitter, miserable and even […]

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September 2017 MiCAFE Network Trainings

The MiCAFE Network has these upcoming training opportunities: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in Pontiac. Please contact Nick Goodman via email at ngoodman@elderlawofmi.org or phone at 517-853-2382 to register or for more information. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in Flint. Please contact Nick Goodman via email at ngoodman@elderlawofmi.org or […]

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Monthly MiCAFE Network Conference Call Recap

In case you missed it, this month’s MiCAFE Network conference call took place on August 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Our guest speaker was Jill Johnson Groves, Program Administrator, at the Flint Fresh Mobile Market.  On August 31, 2017, DHHS published a press release announcing dates and locations for food distribution by the Mobile Market […]

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LIHEAP Letter

LIHEAP Notification Letter

The State of Michigan has sent a letter to SNAP recipients whose heat and utility expenses are rolled into their rent, and have not received the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefit elsewhere. A sample of the letter is provided below. There will be $20.01 deposited on clients’ Bridge Card, and the funds can […]

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Phone App Assisting with SNAP in NYC

Phone App Assisting with SNAP in NYC

  On July 24, 2017, Nikita Stewart, with the New York Times, wrote an article about a new phone app that is making life easier for caseworkers and SNAP recipients in New York City. The app allows clients to take pictures of verification documents and upload the documents to their case. Read the full article.

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Flint Families Can Get Nutritious Food at Mobile Pantry in August

Flint Families Can Get Nutritious Food at Mobile Pantry in August

via michigan.gov/mdhhs July 31, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2017 CONTACT: Erica Quealy, 517-241-2112 LANSING, Mich. – Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for August at locations throughout Flint. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of […]

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