New: Whitmer, DHHS announce plan to ease access to public assistance

Via Michigan Advance By Allison Donahue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon on Thursday morning announced policy changes aimed at making access to food assistance and other public benefits easier for families. “These asset test policy changes are important because right now too many Michigan families are struggling to get ahead,” said Whitmer in a press … Continue reading New: Whitmer, DHHS announce plan to ease access to public assistance

MiCAFE Success Story: Ms. H

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan  Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) is a program of Elder Law of Michigan that helps potentially eligible older adults and individuals with disabilities access and apply for public benefits through the Department of Health and Human Services. MiCAFE also helps older adults and those with disabilities who are struggling to renew … Continue reading MiCAFE Success Story: Ms. H

Vision Loss and Tools for Independence

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Losing your vision can be overwhelming and feel incapacitating, but there are many resources available so you can continue to live independently and enjoy your hobbies and favorite activities. In Michigan, the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) is under the purview of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The BSBP offers many … Continue reading Vision Loss and Tools for Independence

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Michigan Prepares for Early Issuance of February Food Assistance

Via Michigan Department of Health and Human Services The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services (MDHHS) plans to issue Food Assistance Program benefits early for February. For food assistance clients, Michigan will begin issuing February benefits on Saturday, Jan. 19. Clients who don’t receive their benefits on that date should receive the funds the following week. That means the 1.2 million Michigan residents who … Continue reading Michigan Prepares for Early Issuance of February Food Assistance

Elder Law of Michigan – December Holiday Closing

Elder Law of Michigan’s Lansing and Detroit offices will be closed, Monday, December 24, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for our staff to spend time with their families and friends during the holiday season. We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan – December Holiday Closing

Michigan Combined Application Project ( MiCAP) – Policy Change Effective 1/1/2019

By Darling Garcia, Director of Community Services The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has approved the Michigan Combined Application Project (MiCAP). MiCAP is a Food Assistance demonstration project which provides a series of waivers that allows Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to issue Food Assistance Program (FAP) benefits to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) individuals who qualify for this program. MiCAP is administered … Continue reading Michigan Combined Application Project ( MiCAP) – Policy Change Effective 1/1/2019

The Importance of Companionship

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator   As we age, we begin to fall away from daily interactions with others. Children grow up and move away, we retire, and we might not be able to keep up with our favorite hobbies like we used to. Communication with others keeps our minds focused and give us experiences that helps us stay emotionally versed. Changes with aging can be overwhelming and … Continue reading The Importance of Companionship

Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Michelle Jackson

By Denise Keiser, Fund Development Specialist Meet Michelle Jackson, or “Mishy,” as she’s commonly known around the office. Michelle is recognized as a self-starter who believes that the best part of her job is developing and nurturing relationships with her clients and colleagues. As an Economic Security Team Member and MMAP counselor at Elder Law of Michigan, Michelle delivers compassionate and comprehensive Benefits Access Counseling to older adults in need of economic support. … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Michelle Jackson

Data Analysis Reveals that Millions of Households with Seniors Rely on SNAP to Stave Off Hunger

Via Food Research & Action Center By Emily Pickren One in 10 households with seniors (age 60+) participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), on average each year between 2012–2016. This is according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed in interactive tools released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), in collaboration with AARP Foundation. These first-of-their-kind interactive maps and accompanying tables … Continue reading Data Analysis Reveals that Millions of Households with Seniors Rely on SNAP to Stave Off Hunger

Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Kim Hill

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist Although she prefers to work behind the scenes, Kim Hill is a strong component of the wheels that keep our office turning. As a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team for 13 years, Kim is a wealth of knowledge about the history of our organization. Her tenure grants her the title of second longest-serving team member. Here are some interesting … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Kim Hill