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.

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.

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.

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10/21/2020
Voting While Homeless: Michigan's efforts to increase voter registration and education

Each year, tens of thousands of Michiganders experience homelessness and housing insecurity. Individuals who experience homelessness have historically been less likely to vote in elections. It's time we change that.

Register online at www.mi.gov/vote or in person at your local clerk's office - even on election day!

Each year, tens of thousands of Michiganders experience homelessness and housing insecurity. Individuals who experience homelessness have historically been l...

October SNAP Benefits Update:In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services...
10/20/2020
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October SNAP Benefits Update:
In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced that households receiving Food Assistance Program (also known as SNAP) benefits in Michigan that are not currently receiving the maximum amount allowed per household size, will receive an additional amount to raise benefits to the maximum for October.
October additional benefits will be loaded on Bridge Cards between October 18th – 30th. If your household currently receives the maximum benefits amount allowed for your household size already, you will not receive any additional benefits at this time.

Official MDHHS Press Release: https://www.michigan.gov/.../0,5885,7-339-73970_71692...
Please Note: the slight increase in the maximum benefits amounts is due to the annual Cost of Living Adjustments. Effective October 1st, the maximum benefits amounts increased by about 5%.

State of Michigan

We are excited to announce the launch of the Flint Genesee Homeless Court Program. It’s designed to help remove barriers...
10/14/2020
Genesee County unveils new homeless specialty court

We are excited to announce the launch of the Flint Genesee Homeless Court Program. It’s designed to help remove barriers that keep people from securing housing.

It’s designed to help remove barriers that keep people from securing housing.

We are excited to announce the launch of the Flint Genesee Homeless Court! Thanks to all of our community partners for h...
10/12/2020

We are excited to announce the launch of the Flint Genesee Homeless Court! Thanks to all of our community partners for helping to make this possible!

Effective 10/01/2020 Michiganders with two or more felony drug convictions will no longer be banned for life from receiv...
10/07/2020
Michigan to end ban on food stamps for people with drug convictions

Effective 10/01/2020 Michiganders with two or more felony drug convictions will no longer be banned for life from receiving food stamps under a change in the state budget. Those who have previously been denied food assistance because of their drug convictions will need to reapply for benefits.

Michiganders with two or more felony drug convictions will no longer be banned for life from receiving food stamps.

09/29/2020
09/22/2020
1 in 4

Did you know one in four people aren’t registered to vote! We’re sure you’ll agree with us when we say that number is TOO HIGH. If you are not yet registered, what are you waiting for? It only takes two minutes! Visit https://bit.ly/2EDwKgv and get #VoteReady TODAY!

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay

Health is about the whole body, including the mouth. Yet, millions of people in America cannot get the oral health care ...
09/02/2020

Health is about the whole body, including the mouth. Yet, millions of people in America cannot get the oral health care they need. Our current environment has put oral health care even further out of reach for many who already struggle to afford it. We can, and must, do better.

#mouthsmatter #oralhealth

Wage justice is racial justice. Wage justice is gender justice. As we mark #BlackWomensEqualPay Day today, we call on @N...
08/13/2020

Wage justice is racial justice. Wage justice is gender justice. As we mark #BlackWomensEqualPay Day today, we call on @NYGovCuomo to enact One Fair Wage tomorrow.

It’s #BlackWomensEqualPay Day. Rampant, blatant pay discrimination and occupational segregation harms not only Black women individually, but also their children, families, and communities as a whole — with consequences that can often impact families for generations. A @netrootsnation special event.

Tomorrow is #BlackWomensEqualPay Day, the day when Black women's wages finally catch up to what white non-hispanic men made in 2019. Join us tomorrow for a conversation with Tawanna Black and Shawntera Hardy on the sources of these pay inequities and how we move toward economic justice for Black women.

Everyone should have access to enough food to live a healthy life. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, ...
08/12/2020
Shriver Center Endorses Legislation to Expand SNAP to Online Grocers - Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Everyone should have access to enough food to live a healthy life. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) provides essential support to more than 15 million families across the country facing hunger. But a new USDA rule would impose burdensome work requirements threatens access to these important benefits for thousands of people.

The new rule makes it more difficult for states to obtain waivers of a requirement that able-bodied adults without dependents work a certain number of hours to remain eligible for benefits. Further, the waiver eligibility criteria embraced by the new rule masks the impact of a history of racism and residential segregation, greatly prejudicing people of color, particularly Black people. This overly burdensome requirement disadvantages a population that already experiences significant barriers to work and will result in hunger and disproportionate suffering for Black and Brown people.

Everyone deserves enough food to lead a healthy life. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program and is an essential tool in the fight against poverty. Currently, SNAP recipients are limited to the very few USDA approved retailers for o...

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07/29/2020

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Distribución de Comida y Caja de Agua para el 8 de Agosto del 2020. ¡Favor de compartir!

Food and Water Box Distribution on August 8, 2020. Please share!

07/22/2020
U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Census Bureau

The #2020Census impacts funding for the things that matter most. Your response impacts your parks, schools, and so much more. Learn more at 2020CENSUS.GOV.

07/13/2020
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
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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.

06/03/2020
05/26/2020
05/22/2020
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

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436 S Saginaw St Ste 400
Flint, MI
48502

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

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This is Genesis house 3. I just spoke to the director Ms. Telt to question why the women and babies that reside in the 3rd floor don't have adequate ventilation. She lied saying they did. Not knowing I was a resident and had to leave due to having asthmatic children. They have 2 air conditioning rooms on the 2nd floor and the counselor has her very own personal a/c unit. At night while everyone else is resting in comfort. These women and babies are not. They are allowed fan to blow around humidity because the windows don't open.
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.