Center for Civil Justice

Center for Civil Justice CCJ is a nonprofit law firm that fights poverty through advocacy, education, and empowerment. Contact us at 1-800-724-7441. Check out our website at: www.ccj-mi.org
CCJ is a non-profit organization that uses its expertise on laws and policies affecting low income people to advocate for the rights and interests of our low-income clients. We work with low-income persons in the counties of Arenac, Bay Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, St. Clair, Sanilac and Tuscola. We also work in partnerhsip with community, faith-based and governmental organizations in these counties and throughout the state to achieve systemic improvements in the policies affecting low-income persons. We provide legal and technical assistance to advocates and organizations statewide on a variety of policy issues, especially those related to food and nutrition programs, healthcare programs, and economic self-sufficiency.

By providing legal and technical assistance to low-income people and their allies, CCJ ensures that low-income people in Michigan have greater access to basic needs services, particularly related to food and nutrition, healthcare, and income supports, and to opportunities for improved economic stability and self-sufficiency. CCJ collaborates with low income people and their allies to identify and address significant emerging issues through systemic advocacy strategies. CCJ is a recognized expert, both nationally and in Michigan, on the policies and procedures of many government programs that are critical for low-income persons in Michigan.

Mission: CCJ advocates for people in Michigan who need help meeting their basic needs. CCJ uses legal expertise, informed by the experiences of low income poeple, to monitor and improve public policy and access to governmental programs and services.

The Genesee County Continuum of Care, in proud partnership with MDHHS, GCCARD, Wellness Services, Catholic Charities, Fa...
07/07/2020

The Genesee County Continuum of Care, in proud partnership with MDHHS, GCCARD, Wellness Services, Catholic Charities, Family Promise, Salvation Army, LSEM and LHSA has been working to provide low and moderate income families and individuals with eviction prevention assistance.

Genesee County Community Action Resource Department
07/07/2020

Genesee County Community Action Resource Department

GCCARD is Offering Meet Up Eat Up - Lunch at 13 City of Flint Parks

Times and Locations are posted below:

We are happy to release our Summer 2020 Nutrition Newsletter. Please, read and share for more information on how to impl...
07/01/2020
CCJ's Spring Newsletter

We are happy to release our Summer 2020 Nutrition Newsletter. Please, read and share for more information on how to implement the Child Nutrition Programs. https://mailchi.mp/1f6683624607/ccjs-summer-newsletter-5028065

Schools and sponsors that have previously operated the Summer Food Service Program or the Seamless Summer Option should consider serving meals while schools are closed.  To get started, visit the Michigan Department of Education's website on serving meals during unanticipated school closures.  Fo...

Today is the 155th Juneteenth, a day that celebrates the end of slavery, more than two years after Lincoln signed the Em...
06/19/2020

Today is the 155th Juneteenth, a day that celebrates the end of slavery, more than two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The holiday is often celebrated with community celebrations, but amidst the coronavirus pandemic it can be celebrated by buying from or donating to Black owned businesses or with a virtual celebration. CCJ is proud to celebrate Juneteenth and to continue in our work advocating against poverty and in doing so addressing the effects that have greatly affected Black people and communities of color.

#juneteenth #liftupblackvoices

06/16/2020
06/09/2020
frac.salsalabs.org

Senate leadership and the administration need to hear the urgency of boosting SNAP benefits — and they need to hear it in a profound way from every corner of the country. It is especially important that they hear it from Michigan. The more organizations we have signed on, the stronger our message becomes.

Add your name, here https://frac.salsalabs.org/heroes-snap-sign-on-may2020/index.html?eType=EmailConfirmation&eId=1f731cf2-2013-4006-b856-2b533cefca88&eType=EmailConfirmation&eId=1f731cf2-2013-4006-b856-2b533cefca88

Join Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), Feeding America, Center for American Progress (CAP), and other national, state, and community-based organizations across the country in signing a letter urging Congress and the White House to immediately boost Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNA...

Households eligible for Food Assistance Program benefits will receive additional benefits in June to bring all current S...
06/09/2020
Expanded Michigan food assistance program will go through June

Households eligible for Food Assistance Program benefits will receive additional benefits in June to bring all current SNAP cases to the maximum monthly allowance for that group size, the release states. This change only applies to customers not currently receiving the maximum benefit amount.

Michigan’s expanded food assistance program, which has benefited approximately 350,000 families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being extended through June.

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School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community ...
05/19/2020

School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day.

05/08/2020
“Individuals who are homeless always face health risks, but the risk is so much greater because of COVID-19 — for them a...
05/05/2020
New Legislation to Provide $100B in Emergency Rental Assistance! Contact Congress to Urge Co-sponsorship then Join Today’s National Call to Learn More!

“Individuals who are homeless always face health risks, but the risk is so much greater because of COVID-19 — for them and for their communities,” Michigan Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon said. “These hotel units can reduce infection rates and save lives.”

And there is still time to contact your member of Congress to ask for more funding for housing and homelessness in the next coronavirus relief package. Thank you Michigan Reps Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib for signing on as co-signers!

#RentReliefNow

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Representative Denny Heck (D-WA), and over seventy original cosponsors will soon introduce the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assis...

A child’s well-being should not be determined by their race, place or income, but data shows that this is the reality. #...
04/30/2020

A child’s well-being should not be determined by their race, place or income, but data shows that this is the reality.

#KidscountMI

Our children--our future--deserve our best. Our data shows our successes as well as opportunities to do better. Let's always strive for policies that keep kids moving forward.
Check out local and state data here:
https://mlpp.org/kids-count/2020profiles/
#KidsCountMI

Not only does SNAP (Food Assistance Program in MI) feed millions of Michigan residents, it also stimulates the economy. ...
04/22/2020
Temporary SNAP Benefit Bump a No-Brainer for More Economic Stimulus

Not only does SNAP (Food Assistance Program in MI) feed millions of Michigan residents, it also stimulates the economy. The next stimulus package must include a boost to SNAP. #SNAPmatters https://www.cbpp.org/blog/temporary-snap-benefit-bump-a-no-brainer-for-more-economic-stimulus

Policymakers are appropriately considering additional stimulus measures in the face of mounting job losses and other dire economic signs due to COVID-19, and a top item on their list should be raising SNAP (food stamp) benefits as a way of injecting fast, high “bang-for-the-buck” stimulus into t...

04/22/2020
U.S. Census Bureau

The #2020Census only takes minutes and can help your community for the next 10 years. Respond online today at 2020CENSUS.GOV.

The #2020Census only takes minutes and can help your community for the next 10 years. Respond online today at 2020CENSUS.GOV.

SNAP serves as the nation's first line of defense against hunger. Take action today and ask your Members of Congress to ...
04/16/2020

SNAP serves as the nation's first line of defense against hunger. Take action today and ask your Members of Congress to strengthen SNAP in the next #COVID19 package.

SNAP serves as the nation's first line of defense against hunger. Take action today and ask your Members of Congress to strengthen SNAP in the next #COVID19 package: https://bit.ly/2yh6AwO #FRACFactFriday

Have you filled out your #2020Census? 70 million households have responded. Are you curious about the response rates in ...
04/15/2020
Response Rates

Have you filled out your #2020Census? 70 million households have responded. Are you curious about the response rates in your community? Stay up to date with the Response Rate Map: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

How many people in your community have already responded to the 2020 Census? Keep track with this map of response rates.

Michigan has become the first state in the country to gain federal approval to offer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for students a...
04/14/2020
Coronavirus - Michigan is First State to Provide Food to Families Affected by School Closings Caused by COVID-19; Families with children who received free, reduced-cost lunches at school qualify for new program

Michigan has become the first state in the country to gain federal approval to offer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for students ages 5-18 who receive free or reduced-price lunch — even if they weren't SNAP eligible before.
P-EBT provides temporary funding to address emergency food needs and avert financial hardship for families affected by the pandemic.
The benefits will include $193.80 per eligible student to cover the months of March and April and an additional $182.40 per student to cover May and June combined. To learn when and how the benefits will be disbursed, please visit https://bit.ly/34pdtbo

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04/14/2020

Wondering if you qualify for unemployment? The National Employment Law Project and Family Values at Work created this flowchart to help answer many common questions.

https://www.nelp.org/wp-content/uploads/FVAW-NELP-COVID-19-flow-chart-042020.pdf

New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefici...
04/13/2020
Economic Impact Payments | Internal Revenue Service

New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Beneficiaries

People who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits and who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who have qualifying children under age 17 should now go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments to enter their information instead of waiting for their automatic $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. By taking proactive steps to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If Social Security beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to wait to receive their $500 per qualifying child.

We’re committed to helping yout get your economic impact, or stimulus, payment as soon as possible. See if you are eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.

Federal law provides certain protections for recurring automatic debit payments. You have the right to stop a company fr...
04/06/2020
Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Federal law provides certain protections for recurring automatic debit payments. You have the right to stop a company from taking automatic payments from your account, even if you previously allowed them. For example, you may decide to cancel your membership or service with the company, or you might decide to pay a different way.

For more tips on how to protect you finances during the pandemic, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's website.

Federal, state, and local governments are working to respond to the growing public health threat of coronavirus, or COVID-19. The CFPB and other financial regulators have encouraged financial institutions to work with their customers to meet their community needs.

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Latinx Technology & Community Center
04/01/2020

Latinx Technology & Community Center

¡Feliz Día Nacional del Censo!

Envíenos una foto de cómo responderías al Censo 2020. ¡Puedes completarlo por teléfono, en línea o por correo en solo unos minutos!

¡Sube tu foto y etiqueta a Latinx Technology & Community Center para tener la oportunidad de ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $25! Ingrese antes del 3 de Abril de 2020 a las 11:59 p.m.

¡El ganador será anunciado a través de Facebook Live!

Additional SNAP benefits have been made available to eligible households in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible ...
03/31/2020
Coronavirus - Additional food assistance for 350,000 Michigan families approved in response to COVID-19 emergency; SNAP work requirements also temporarily waived

Additional SNAP benefits have been made available to eligible households in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible families do not need to re-apply to receive additional benefits. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2UJsnop.

Eligible clients will see additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card by Monday, March 30. Below is the maximum allowable benefit for SNAP customers based on their respective household size:

One person: $194.
Two persons: $355.
Three persons: $509.
Four persons: $646.
Five persons: $768.
Six persons: $921.
Seven persons: $1,018.
Eight persons: $1,164.

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Latinx Technology & Community Center
03/24/2020

Latinx Technology & Community Center

-The following process are our measures to ensure a healthy and safe community. See you at 4:00pm!!

-A continuación, se remiten las medidas que estamos tomando para la salud de la comunidad. Nos vemos a las 4:00pm!!

Orden Ejecutiva de quedarse en casa.
03/24/2020

Orden Ejecutiva de quedarse en casa.

Orden Ejecutiva De Quedarse En Casa
Stay At Home Executive Order

The Michigan Department of Education has signed a waiver allowing meals to be served through the Unanticipated School Cl...
03/17/2020
Department of Education - Grants Coordination and School Support Child Nutrition Programs

The Michigan Department of Education has signed a waiver allowing meals to be served through the Unanticipated School Closure SFSP, meals are available to all children at no cost. Under the waiver, meals are not required to be served in a group setting.
This waiver assists Michigan’s school food service staff to make sure kids receive nutritious meals during school closures as a result of the COVID19 crisis.

This waiver allows providers of school meals to explore other options for serving meals to students during this time. These options, such as allowing parents and children to pick up meals at a designated location or delivering meals to school bus stops, are meant to support the “social distancing” recommended by the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and to help local school districts provide food to children in need at the same time.

To find a meal site near you, visit https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/

Michigan School Nutrition Mapping Application

03/16/2020
U.S. Census Bureau

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Share this with your friends and pledge to complete the 2020 Census today!

The #2020Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape the future of your community. Share this with your friends and pledge to complete the 2020 Census today!

CCJ signed onto this letter demanding a moratorium on all evictions in 36th District Court. Courts across the state are ...
03/16/2020
Coalition of Legal Organizations and Community Groups Calls for a Moratorium on Evictions in Detroit — DETROIT JUSTICE CENTER

CCJ signed onto this letter demanding a moratorium on all evictions in 36th District Court. Courts across the state are implementing emergency procedures. No one should be evicted for not being able to pay their rent during a pandemic.

Coalition of Legal Organizations and Community Groups Calls for a Moratorium on Evictions in Detroit Due to COVID-19 Crisis: Demands that the City of Detroit and the 36th District Court take immediate action

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General information

As part of our health advocacy, CCJ offers a Helpline for our Healthcare Eligibility Law Project (HELP), where callers throughout the State can be advised on governmental health insurance programs and assistance in monitoring and correcting errors in eligibility calculations, policies and practices. 1-810-238-8053 - bi-lingual assistance is available.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(810) 244-8044

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Michigan has proposed an amendment to Medicaid Healthy Mi Plan that would enforce work requirements and could cause thousands of people to lose benefits! Let your voice be heard on this issue by submitting a public comment!
CCJ welcomes Jessica Flint, our new Health Advocate.