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MDHHS February SNAP Benefits Announcement

MDHHS will issue February SNAP benefits onto Bridge Cards beginning January 19. MDHHS has advised that households be mindful and budget their funds so they are able to purchase food through the month of February, as households will not receive another SNAP disbursement in February. For more information, contact MiCAFE at 877-664-2233 (Monday through Friday 8am […]

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SER Heat and Utility Updates and Quick Facts

State Emergency Relief (SER) heat and utility assistance is one of the benefits that we screen for on MiSOAP.org through the Key Benefits Screening. As the weather gets colder, we find that low-income older adults can get behind on their heat and utility bills. SER is a quick and easy application that can be submitted […]

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Identity Theft Education Program Opportunity

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator Identity theft is a growing problem in our country. In 2016, Michigan ranked #6 in the country for identity theft complaints. Six of the top fifteen cities in the country are in MI with Ann Arbor being #1. 41% of these victims range in age from 50-69. Many people […]

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Tools for Economic Security

By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator April was Financial Literacy Month, which focuses on providing tips for how to reach financial wellness. It is a great reminder for older adults to do a check-up of their personal finances. This can be a daunting task, so there are free tools available to help: EconomicCheckUp® (www.economiccheckup.org) provides information […]

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New MI Bridges Information and Assistance

New MI Bridges Information and Assistance

The new MI Bridges platform is available and can be accessed through MiSOAP.org after you click “Apply for benefits” and fill in the information, you will see the New MI Bridges landing page. Both the old MI Bridges and the new MI Bridges landing page will be available through MiSOAP.org until May 2018, thereafter, we will only […]

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Link to the New MI Bridges platform is available on MI SOAP

The new MI Bridges platform is available and can be accessed through MiSOAP.org after you click “Apply for benefits” and fill in the information, you will see the New MI Bridges landing page. Both the old MI Bridges and the new MI Bridges landing page will be available through MiSOAP.org until May 2018, thereafter, we will only […]

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SNAP Associated With Better Health, Reduced Health Care Costs

VIA cbpp.org By Brynne Keith-Jenninges SNAP (formerly food stamps) is associated with better health and lower health care costs, according to a growing body of evidence that we summarize in a new paper. As Congress and the White House prepare to reauthorize SNAP in this year’s farm bill, it’s a useful time to assess the program’s […]

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Double Up at participating grocery stores in April and May 2018

Via doubleupfoodbucks.org For these two months, Double Up earnings will be paused at participating grocery stores. This means that you will not be able to earn Double Up Food Bucks at participating grocery stores in April and May. You will still be able to spend any Double Up Food Bucks you have already earned. Click […]

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Final FY 18 Funding Brings Good News for Aging Services

Via ncoa.org By Marci Phillips The “omnibus” appropriations bill that the President signed on March 23 is good news for older adults and their families who rely on aging services programs. The legislation, which finalizes all 12 fiscal year 2018 appropriations bills, rejected many Administration and Congressional proposals to cut or eliminate programs—and even includes […]

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MDHHS and MiCAFE Navigation partners

As many of you know, MDHHS is rearranging their partnerships with organizations. The new platform allows for more access to client information, as well as some additional duties on the part of the organization who uses it. MDHHS requires every organization to sign up for their new navigation partnership. We are working with your organization to gather […]

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MDHHS MI Bridges update December 6, 2017

This update will be a short one. As mentioned in the past, MDHHS is working to schedule trainings for the new MI Bridges system which every application assistant will be required to attend. They have recently announced that there will be no trainings in December. As soon as we have more information on training dates, […]

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New MI Bridges Updates

As we continue to work with MDHHS and learn about the exciting new changes to MI Bridges, we will keep you informed. Here are some quick updates: Registration for the updated MI Bridges will require new Navigation partner agreements. We anticipate these will become available in mid-November. If your organization does not plan to register […]

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LIHEAP letter Q and A

Hello everyone, We are doing a follow up regarding the LIHEAP payments for SNAP recipients who have utility cost rolled into their rent cost.  As of today’s date, letters have gone out to many SNAP households. We have had several questions regarding this benefit and we would like to take this opportunity to address some […]

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Online SNAP Farmers Market Tours

MIFMA (Michigan Farmers Market Association) is hosting SNAP farmers market tours online on: Tuesday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. City Market – Bay City, MI Wednesday, August 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Grand Haven Farmers Market – Grand Haven, MI These tours are an opportunity to see how SNAP benefits […]

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MI Bridges Updates

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has been working hard to revamp MI Bridges. They have engaged several community stakeholders, including Elder Law of Michigan to collect input on the changes that are being made to that system. We are excited to be a part of these changes, and want to make sure that you […]

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MDHHS Policy Update (Big News!)

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced some changes that could benefit those who have heating expenses built into their rental expense and receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The State will release $20.01 in LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Payments) to those not already eligible for the Home Heating Credit […]

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NCOA’s Straight Talk for Seniors

President Trump has proposed a new budget. This will widely affect senior programs throughout the country, including those in Michigan. NCOA (National Council on Aging) has summarized the budget and its potential impact on seniors on their blog “Straight Talk for Seniors.” Read more on their website: https://www.ncoa.org/blog/straight-talk-seniors-10-ways-administrations-budget-impact-senior-programs/

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A MiCAFE Message from Consumers Energy

MiCAFE Network Partners!   Consumers Energy is widely promoting the array of assistance options available though the State of Michigan and non-profit agencies. To this end, we welcome the MiCAFE network’s help promoting utility assistance opportunities at the local level. It is through dedicated, caring partners that we are best able to extend time-sensitive energy […]

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MiSOAP and the MiCAFE Network are projects of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

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