Volume 6, Issue 2
January 25, 2022
In This Issue...
Announcements | Upcoming Events | Resources | Capella/Strayer University Partnership
Upcoming Events
Trauma-Informed Care Series: Clients, Staff, and Organizations

The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) will be hosting a three-part webinar series focused on bringing a trauma-informed approach into your work. Each session requires separate registration and costs $40.00 per session. Participants can attend one, two, or all three sessions in the series. If you are an MCAH member please contact Allison Green at AGreen@mihomeless.org for a coupon code before registering.

Trauma-Informed Care & Cultural Humility: Essentials for Providing Services: February 16, 2022, 2:00 PM ESTRegister Here

Registration links for the following sessions will be included in the next newsletter.

Trauma-Informed & Inclusive Leadership Approaches: Essentials to Supporting Front-Line Staff: February 28, 2022, 12:30 PM EST

Approaches to Becoming Trauma-Informed & Inclusive Organizations: March 16, 2022, 2:00 PM EST
Helping People, Changing Lives: Providing Equitable Access to the Expanded Child Tax Credit

Join the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) on Wednesday, February 9 at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT to hear about how CAAs can help families get the available tax credit due to them, including the remainder of their CTC. NCAP will be providing a wide range of new resources on tax filing, including social media templates, new videos, and detail about how families can find free tax services in their community.

Resources

Spread the Word About the Child Tax Credit  

It's not too late for families to take advantage of up to $3,600 per child afforded by the Child Tax Credit - all they need to do is file their 2021 taxes. The National Community Action Partnership has created social media graphics to help your agency spread the word about this important benefit and help parents get their money. To access the social media resource, click here.
Racial Equity and Inclusion Action Guide: Seven Steps to Advance and Embed Racial Equity and Inclusion Within Your Organization

This resource was developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the purpose of the guide is to add to the resources already created by partners who have been working in this field by demonstrating how a race equity lens can be adopted by foundations or other organizations that work directly with systems, technical assistance providers and communities. The aim is to provide key audiences with transferrable insights and tools that can help them understand what steps to take to make sure they are creating equitable opportunities for the populations they serve. Download the guide.
National Low Income Housing Coalition New Report on Tenant Protections and Emergency Rental Assistance

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has released a new report, Tenant Protections and Emergency Rental Assistance During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic. The report provides a descriptive analysis of new tenant protections and emergency rental assistance (ERA)-related policies enacted or implemented by states and local governments in 2021. Download the report here.
New Resources Added to MCA’s Learning Management System 

A CSBG Monitoring Toolkit from the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) and OCS' CSBG Information Memorandum (IM) #116 (RE: Corrective Action, Termination, or Reduction of Funding) has been added to MCA’s Learning Management System.

As a reminder, these resources can be accessed easily without the need to sign in. To access monitoring resources click here.
Michigan Community Action, Capella University
& Strayer University Partnership
Back to school savings with education built for real life

Ready to go back to school to gain the skills and knowledge you need to reach your career goals with access to education that works with your busy life? Capella University and Strayer University understand this. That’s why their Associates, Bachelor’s, Certificate and Graduate programs in human services, behavioral health, business, IT, and leadership & administration leverage what you already know and are grounded in real-world application.

Through our partnership with Capella, you and your immediate family have access to high-quality, online education and tuition savings that make it possible to earn a degree or certificate at a significantly lower cost and at your own pace. Capella offers you:

·        Exclusive scholarships, grants and other savings for both universities, including a 10% tuition discount.
·        Three learning formats—FlexPath, GuidedPath, and On-Campus that are flexible, affordable, and supportive.
·        A student-centered approach, including support teams to help you be successful and persistent.
·        Accredited and nationally recognized universities that meet the highest standards for quality.

Ready to learn more and get started?
Visit Capella.edu/MichiganCommunityAction and Strayer.edu/partner/MichiganCommunityAction to find a degree program that’s right for you and to see special tuition offers.

Check out this PDF for information on programs offered.
Save on your degree at Strayer University

Michigan Community Action and Strayer University have partnered to offer eligible employees of their member agencies access to flexible, affordable associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. If you’re thinking of earning a degree, we invite you to take advantage of special offers designed to help you meet your educational goals.

Special offers and scholarships available now

$5,000 scholarship for new or returning Strayer students to apply toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree

• 10% tuition discount for the duration of your program*
  * Tuition discount upon receipt of documentation of employment and eligibility.

Why Strayer?
At Strayer, you’ll get a modern, online degree that gives you the confidence to change your future. Our programs are built for working adults and our student services coaches offer support at every step. We believe in educational access, academic quality, student success and customer service.
MCA Officers/Board Members 2021-2023
Lisa Evans
President
Community Action of Allegan County

Morghan Boydston
Urban Officer
Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development

Lisa Bolen
Lower Peninsula Rural Officer
Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency
Michelle Williamson
Vice President
Community Action

Michelle LaJoie
Upper Peninsula Officer
Community Action Alger- Marquette

Toby Berry
At-Large Officer 
Community Action Agency

Dennis McShane
Directors Council Chair
Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency
Kerri Duff 
Secretary Treasurer
Gogebic Ontonagon CAA

Judge Gregory Pittman
CAA Governing Board Officer
Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership

Mary Ann Neopolitan
CAA Governing Board Officer
Monroe County Opportunity Program
MCA is continuing to observe CDC guidelines encouraging remote work practices and following local public health guidelines. The office remains physically closed to anyone outside of immediate staff. We are accessible by phone and email during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30AM-5PM ET.
Be well and stay safe everyone. .