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Putting Food on the Table for the Holidays

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist For many, holidays in December bring joy and excitement. For those living on a fixed income, the social expectations for providing meals at family gatherings can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are some resources to make this time of year less anxiety-inducing: Feeding America has a network of food banks in the southern lower peninsula. You can search by … Continue reading Putting Food on the Table for the Holidays

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Step Forward Receives Additional Funding

by Katie Burns, J.D., Attorney, Housing Counselor, and HUD Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor The Step Forward Michigan program has helped thousands of homeowners avoid mortgage, reverse mortgage, and property tax foreclosure. It was created in 2010, after Michigan received $498 million of the Hardest Hit Loan Fund established by the US Department of Treasury. Michigan homeowners with a qualifying hardship receive a mortgage lien and forgivable … Continue reading Step Forward Receives Additional Funding

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“Get out of MY house”

by Ellen Mason, J.D., Hotline Attorney Your friend, Jane, has been living in your house with you. She hasn’t been paying rent and she didn’t sign a lease. Yesterday, you had a fight with her and now you want her out. Can you change the locks on your house or just toss her belongings out? No. Michigan law considers Jane a tenant even though she’s never … Continue reading “Get out of MY house”

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Update on The Supreme Court’s Watershed Fair Housing Decision

by Jessica Sanchez, J.D., Housing Services Manager, Housing Rights Center of Michigan Even after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision against the Texas Department of Housing in the summer of 2015, some Texas state leaders are still opposing low income housing in their communities. Background In Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs vs. The Inclusive Communities Project, the Inclusive Communities Project, a group that advocates for … Continue reading Update on The Supreme Court’s Watershed Fair Housing Decision

Landlord/Tenant Rights – The Right to Break a Lease to go into Senior Housing

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney According to Senior Living.org, a person turns 65 every 10 seconds in this country. By 2030 the number of people 65 or older will be 71.5 million. Of these, roughly 70% are not confident they will have enough money to live comfortably when they retire. A major concern for many baby boomers is the cost of housing.  Depending on … Continue reading Landlord/Tenant Rights – The Right to Break a Lease to go into Senior Housing

Time is Running Out to Apply for Step Forward Funds

The Step Forward Michigan Program was established to help people in Michigan who are having trouble keeping up with their mortgage payments or property taxes. The Step Forward Michigan Program is ending soon! HRCMI, a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., has helped Michigan homeowners apply for and receive over a million dollars in Step Forward funds. Now is the time to act before this … Continue reading Time is Running Out to Apply for Step Forward Funds

Katie Burns, J.D.

Employee of the Month: Katie Burns

by Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of the Legal Services This month, Attorney Katie Burns has been selected as Elder Law of Michigan’s (ELM) employee of the month! In 2014, Katie became a full-time employee in the Housing Rights Center of Michigan, a program of Elder Law of Michigan. Previously she participated in the Americorps program, helping to establish HRCMI. HRCMI is one of the newest programs of ELM. … Continue reading Employee of the Month: Katie Burns