Helping unbanked individuals receive their stimulus payments quickly
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Helping unbanked individuals receive their stimulus payments quickly

Stimulus payments are being issued, but for many unbanked individuals it could mean months of unnecessary delay before receiving their payment.  By Sydney Lipton, junior policy associate and Brian Rakovitis, manager of financial empowerment initiatives The Federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is disbursing economic impact payments...

Empowering Michigan communities: Immediate and long-term policy responses to COVID-19
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Empowering Michigan communities: Immediate and long-term policy responses to COVID-19

We’ve seen the many ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected and altered our daily lives and business as we know it. The crisis is exposing the weaknesses in our social safety net like never before—and financially vulnerable households that were living paycheck-to-paycheck before the pandemic are especially at risk. There are immediate and long-term...

Stimulus checks: Making sure low income households receive an economic impact payment
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Stimulus checks: Making sure low income households receive an economic impact payment

By now you have probably heard that the federal government, as part of their Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, plans to disburse economic impact payments (sometimes referred to as stimulus checks) to provide financial relief to individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, requirements laid out by the federal government to receive...

AmeriCorps State members provide resources and hope through SMTMD events
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AmeriCorps State members provide resources and hope through SMTMD events

Across Michigan, 43% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, technology, health care, and transportation. This data comes from the United Way’s ALICE Report, but CEDAM also hears this anecdotally from members around the state who are working hard to create affordable housing, increase child care options, and train...

Michigan’s free tax filing programs get boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation
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Michigan’s free tax filing programs get boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2019 Contact: Ross H. Yednock, Program Director, MEIC Yednock@cedamichigan.org | 517.485.3588 Michigan’s Free Tax Filing Programs Get Boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation $200,000 grant will help train volunteers to prepare taxes and ensure tens of thousands of Michigan taxpayers receive free income tax assistance services  LANSING – Thanks to...

Federal Tax Changes: What Should You Do If You Owe More Than Expected?
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Federal Tax Changes: What Should You Do If You Owe More Than Expected?

By Ross Yednock, MEIC Program Director There have been significant federal tax changes during the past few years that will impact hard working taxpayers across Michigan. One of those changes resulted in the delay of some refunds, while the most recent appears to yield smaller refunds. Changes as a result of the Tax Cuts and...