low-income people

Detroit schools revamp free meal program during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - March 19, 2020

A steady line of Detroit adults stopped by Mackenzie Elementary and Middle School on Wednesday to take advantage of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) free breakfast, lunch and educational enrichment offerings during the state-mandated closing in response to the coronavirus.  In all, the state’s largest school district serviced 26,000 students and families.  Monique Campbell […]

‘COVID-19 is a virus that does not discriminate’: Advocates want help for marginalized people

BY: - March 17, 2020

A coalition of 49 community-based groups sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking that she take immediate action to protect marginalized Michiganders during the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.  At the time of publication, the state has 65 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, but health officials believe […]

DTE, Consumers Energy suspend senior, low-income shutoffs

BY: - March 16, 2020

Both of Michigan’s largest public utilities have halted non-pay energy shutoffs for low-income and senior customers for the next three weeks, citing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan and the desire to relieve some stress for Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy both made the announcements Saturday evening. The end […]

Metro Detroit area rallies to address coronavirus 

BY: - March 13, 2020

Jeanette Guinyard, a Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) employee, said while she is happy to learn that she will be paid during the three-week, state-mandated closure of Michigan K-12 schools, she also is concerned that many seniors are susceptible to COVID-19.  “There are a lot of children who aren’t doing what they are supposed […]


Column: Here’s what lawmakers must do to help people amid the coronavirus pandemic

BY: - March 13, 2020

Now that it has officially landed in Michigan, COVID-19 is a potential threat to all residents.  Unfortunately, both the risks of the disease itself and its economic repercussions will adversely affect Michigan residents with lower incomes — the very people my colleagues and I at the nonpartisan Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) are charged […]

GOP wants feds to reinstate Medicaid work rules, even as coronavirus hits Michigan

BY: - March 12, 2020

As Michigan prepares for and fights against the global pandemic of COVID-19, House Republicans on Thursday passed a resolution to ask the federal government to re-establish work requirements for Medicaid eligibility.  There’s particular concern about how lower-income people will cope with the pandemic, as they have fewer resources for medical care.  House Concurrent Resolution 17, […]

Trump’s poverty line changes could crush Michiganders ‘barely getting by’

BY: and - February 17, 2020

Low-income Michiganders could face cuts to federal food, health care and heating assistance programs under proposed regulatory changes from the President Trump administration. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is pushing changes to how the government calculates the official definition of poverty in the United States. The technical recalculation could have major […]

Whitmer: Trump plan will ‘decimate’ Medicaid, hurt Michiganders 

BY: - February 4, 2020

A President Trump administration plan that would dramatically revamp Medicaid is being blasted by Michigan officials.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called on the Trump administration to withdraw a proposed regulation that would slash health care funding and access for many low-income Michiganders. It would dramatically curtail the long-utilized flexibility granted to states to finance their […]