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.

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Happy International Women's Day, this year we raise our hands to choose to challenge gender bias and inequality to creat...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women's Day, this year we raise our hands to choose to challenge gender bias and inequality to create a more inclusive world!

#choosetochallenge #IWD2021

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03/02/2021

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Michiganders without health insurance have a rare opportunity to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marke...
02/18/2021
Special Enrollment Opens for Federal Health Insurance Marketplace

Michiganders without health insurance have a rare opportunity to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. A special COVID-19 enrollment period opened this week and runs through May 15.

LANSING, Mich. -- Michiganders without health insurance have a rare opportunity to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. A special COVID-19 enrollment period opened this week and runs through May 15. ...

The Michigan Department of Education has re-opened the grant application for 10 Cents a Meal for the current 2021 fundin...
02/02/2021

The Michigan Department of Education has re-opened the grant application for 10 Cents a Meal for the current 2021 funding year. Eligible applicants include all school districts, residential child care institutions, and child care centers that participate in the USDA child nutrition programs of Extended Summer Food Service Program during the school year, National School Lunch Program or the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
For more information on the grant application process check out their blog post: https://www.tencentsmichigan.org/10_cents_grant...

The Michigan Department of Education has re-opened the grant application for 10 Cents a Meal for the current 2021 funding year. Grants will be awarded until the funds are expended, so the sooner applicants apply the better. Eligible applicants include all school districts (public, public school academies, or private), residential child care institutions (RCCIs), and child care centers that participate in the USDA child nutrition programs of Extended Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) during the school year, National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

For more information on the grant application process check out our blog post: https://www.tencentsmichigan.org/10_cents_grant_application_re_opens

Please help us spread the word! Share this post or tag a school district or child care center you think would be interested in applying in the comments below!

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02/02/2021
Governor Gretchen Whitmer

“Black History Month is a moment to recognize and celebrate the history-making feats of those who came before us, but it is also a reminder to keep an eye toward the future of progress” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “No matter where you go, it is impossible to look around without seeing the contributions of Black Americans to our collective knowledge, consciousness, and culture. It is on each of us to activate the potential that exists in the next generation of young Black people by paving the way for them to continue this journey that we are all on together.”

#BlackHistoryMonth

Black History Month.

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02/02/2021

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new guidance to ensure more children receive the nutrition they n...
02/01/2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new guidance to ensure more children receive the nutrition they need for their health, learning, and development through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. P-EBT provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. Families will receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. Under the guidance, children under six years old who live in households that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now will be eligible for P-EBT benefits when their childcare center is closed. This valuable new benefit will bring approximately $4 billion in money for food to families of young children.

To help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1.2 million people in Michigan who are eligible for food a...
01/28/2021

To help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1.2 million people in Michigan who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional payment by the end of January. The payment raises their monthly amount by 15%. The 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is for six months, ending in June.

To help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1.2 million people in Michigan who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional payment by the end of January. The payment raises their monthly amount by 15%. The 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is for six months, ending in June.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS advocated for the increase led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and were pleased to see it ultimately included in the recently passed Congressional relief bill.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/3sI6vdo.

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12/16/2020

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Bring your questions and join Legal Services of Eastern Michigan this afternoon for their Legal Lounge session where the...
12/09/2020

Bring your questions and join Legal Services of Eastern Michigan this afternoon for their Legal Lounge session where they will cover unemployment, special education, and consumer bankruptcy.

Bring your questions and join us this Wednesday for our Legal Lounge session where we cover unemployment, special education, and consumer bankruptcy.

FACTS
11/30/2020
FACTS

FACTS

"The federal government can help address student hunger by expanding college student eligibility for SNAP benefits and increasing outreach efforts to college students." https://bit.ly/3lIXay6 Forbes

MDHHS issued a new emergency order that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group act...
11/16/2020
Coronavirus - MDHHS issues three-week epidemic order to save lives, protect frontline heroes during fall COVID-19 surge

MDHHS issued a new emergency order that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising #COVID19 infection rates. We beat this last time by listening to the public health experts, we can beat it again. For more information about the order, visit bit.ly/2ICBRji.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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November SNAP Benefits Update:In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service...
11/09/2020

November 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 November.
November additional benefits will be loaded on Bridge Cards between November 21st- 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.

November 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 November.

November additional benefits will be loaded on Bridge Cards between November 21st- 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.

November is Michigan's Homeless Awareness Month.According to data from Michigan’s Homeless Management Information System...
11/06/2020

November is Michigan's Homeless Awareness Month.

According to data from Michigan’s Homeless Management Information System, there has been a slight decline in the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Michigan from 65,104 in 2018 to 61,832 in 2019. Additionally, in 2019, the state saw a decline in family, youth (18-24), and veteran homelessness.

#HAM2020 #EndMIHomelessness

November is Homeless Awareness Month in Michigan.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/MIHAM

#HAM2020 #EndMIHomelessness

Each year, tens of thousands of Michiganders experience homelessness and housing insecurity. Individuals who experience ...
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...

Latinx Technology & Community Center
07/29/2020

Latinx Technology & Community Center

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

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436 S Saginaw St Ste 400
Flint, MI
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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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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.