All the Latest Updates about COVID-19 and Community Resources
Governor Whitmer Extends State of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19
Governor Gretchen Whitmer took further action to protect the health and safety of Michiganders by extending the State of Emergency until October 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Executive Order 2020-177 will allow the state to continue to mobilize resources and take the reasonable and necessary steps to protect Michiganders and their families.
“Last week, Michigan surpassed 100,000 cases and families continue to lose loved ones to COVID-19. With over 6,500 deaths, the virus continues to threaten the lives of Michiganders every day. COVID-19 is a novel virus with many unknowns, but we do know that it is widespread, it is easily transmitted, and its effects can be fatal. We must continue to take this seriously and do everything we can to protect ourselves and all Michiganders from COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “By extending the state of emergency, we can continue the crucial work needed to save lives. Since March, I have been committed to using every tool at my disposal to protect families, frontline workers, and our economy from the threat of COVID-19. I urge Michiganders to do their part by wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and staying safe and smart.”
Click here to review the EO 2020-177 Emergency declaration
Lansing School District announces Community Partners with school hour Learning Labs for students with working parents
The Lansing School District has announced several partnerships with community organizations to open Learning Labs for students during normal school hours as part of the school district COVID-19 response plan when screen-to-screen instruction classes are scheduled to begin in Lansing on August 31st. As a safety precaution in response to COVID-19, face-to-face in-school teacher instruction would begin in Lansing sometime after the first grading ends in November.
The Learning Labs are designed to help working parents that may not be able to be home during the day to supervise their children because of job responsibilities. All registrations for the Learning Labs are done directly with the sponsoring organization.
“We have some great community partners that have stepped forward to help Lansing families,” said superintendent Sam Sinicropi. “Due to social distancing and many other COVID-19 health protective guidelines, our community partners are offering 600 slots at the moment for our students.”
The Lansing School District is the largest public school district in the Mid-Michigan region with an estimated 10,000 students in the 2020-21 school year. One community partner, Caterpillar Corner, will actually have Learning Labs for children ages 5-13 in several school district buildings because they already operate and are certified to have programs in those school buildings. Other student Learning Lab spots will be available at the Lansing Boys and Girls Club, the Woldumar Nature Center, and the Impression 5 Museum. The YMCA will open Learning Labs at their West Lansing and Oak Park locations along with a lab at Pattengill Academy.
“This isn’t a perfect solution during our COVID-19 response, but it could be a huge relief to many worried and stressed hardworking families,” said Board of Education president Gabrielle Lawrence. “We are still looking for more community partners that might supervise more students during normal working hours.”
For Coronavirus health-related questions, call MDHHS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-535-6136, 8AM-5PM.
In need of health insurance? Visit the MI Bridges website to apply for Medicaid. ANC staff are able to assist in this process M-F, 9-5, and can be reached at 517-367-2468.
Not eligible for Medicaid? You may be eligible for Ingham Health Plan. Apply online and call our office for assistance.
Lansing School District School Closure Food Service Program Parents or children 18 and under will be able to walk up, bike up, or drive a vehicle to a curb side location to pick up a breakfast for the next day and lunch for the day. Multiple days of meals may be picked up at one time, including food that will be needed for weekends. Parents do not need to bring their children to the site to pick up meals.
Please call 517-755-2750 for more information.
Lansing Mobile Food Pantry The Mobile Food Pantry will continue services with the March 21st date being drive-thru only. 3rd Saturday of every month 9-11AM (or until food runs out). 2645 W Holmes Rd. 517-483-4477. Valid State ID required.
Michigan Will Add Online Purchasing, Free "Quarantine Care Kits"; Additional supports provided for people who need to stay home.
Ingham County Health Department Releases Access to Care Document
Ingham County Health Department's Health Promotion & Prevention Division developed a document that explains health plan options for Ingham County Residents who may have recently lost coverage or who are new to Medicaid and would like help navigating Medicaid services. The document also provides contact information to get local help with applications.
Michigan Department of Treasury and Student Loan Collections
The Michigan Department of Treasury announced that Michiganders who have student loans guaranteed by the state will be provided assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Collection activities on delinquent Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) student loans, made by a financial institution and serviced by the Michigan Guaranty Agency, will be halted until Sept. 30, 2020.
Rental Assistance Available for Ingham County Residents
A collaborative of nonprofit housing service providers announced a rental assistance program designed to keep Ingham County residents who fell behind on their rent during COVID-19 in their homes. The Eviction Diversion Program is being administered by Holy Cross Services in partnership with Advent House Ministries, Capital Area Housing Partnership, Legal Services of South Central Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Ingham County.
Under the Eviction Diversion Program, rental assistance will be made available in the form of lump sum payments to landlords in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes. Tenants whose back rent is not completely covered by the program will be entered into manageable payment plans. Ingham County received over $2 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds from the state of Michigan to assist tenants and landlords for rent due beginning March 1, 2020.
Eligibility for rental assistance payments will be structured based on the tenant’s income. A tenant’s income must be less than 100% of area median income. For an individual in Ingham County, area median income is $56,200 and for a family of four in Ingham County, area median income is $80,200. Tenants below 50% area median income will be offered case management services to help connect them with other beneficial programs and services.
For more information or to participate in the rental assistance program, tenants and landlords may contact Holy Cross Services at (517) 657-8145, Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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