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Housing Special 

Housing in America, in this epoch of laissez-faire markets and spiralling inequality, is a problem of some sort for almost everyone except those in the very upper income brackets. Whether it’s rent increases leaving a fourth of families paying over half their income in rent, or pressure on real estate valuations leading to significant jumps in tax burdens for middle class owners, particularly those on fixed incomes, or again millennials and younger age groups whose median salaries keep them shut out of a very hot market. When you add in the pandemic and the very unequally distributed job losses, we are in an often-overlooked crisis. 

Today’s special focuses on those in the most immediate, pandemic-related need (please share this info!) and on those who are left out of the “market”– the unhoused. The county has worked hard to find permanent housing for a good number, but as long as rents are as high as they are and housing support is as limited as it is, some will always be out there “getting by.” Washtenaw Camp Outreach is asking for accommodations to make that possible with dignity. So: 

1: Rental Assistance is Finally Here! 

The County has been waiting for funds (from the previous round of relief, not from the latest one!) to be released, and they have finally arrived. A new Eviction Diversion Program is now available. If you or someone you know are facing eviction, call 734-961-1999 for financial assistance. You can also reach out for legal help by calling 734-665-6181.

Flyers: Spanish | English | Arabic

1a: There is also a need for bilingual folks, in Spanish or in Arabic, to work in “case management support for the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program. Temp staff will work closely with HAWC (Housing Access Washtenaw County) and SOS staff and will have the ability to work remotely. Please refer those that are interested to this link.  https://manpowermi.com/job/economic-aid-caseworker/

2: More Covid Relief Resources

Call a Barrier Buster Agency for financial assistance to help cover important costs or make Utility payments. Funds are again available.

Barrier Busters is a network of over 100 local service agencies, community groups, churches, and more seeking to serve Washtenaw County residents. 

Visit Washtenaw.org/2818 to find an operating agency. Contact them and they will work with you to connect you to financial assistance!

3: Friday, April 9th, 5:30 p.m. People Have a Right to be Housed! 

Rally. Event by Washtenaw Camp Outreach. Larcom City Hall, Ann Arbor. 301 East Huron, Ann Arbor. This is an in-person demonstration, asking the city to commit to respectful treatment of those who are still on the street or in tent camps. See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/284557549854103

3a: Sheri Wander’s Plea: Warming centers and rotating shelters are scheduled to close at the end of this month. While good folks are working on finding ways to extend things there’s lots up in the air and no guarantees. It is not like all those folks needing that space will suddenly have a home to go to. So you know what that means….we need tents. Tents and tarps. Contact Sheri–pla…@gmail.com, or bring ’em to Peace House. (706 Davis Ypsilanti). Cash contributions are always helpful as well!


And reminders: 

Yousef and You Community Forum

Monday, April 12 6-7 p.m.

More information here.


Virtual Brews and Views– League of Women Voters Election Security With J. Alex Halderman, PhDWednesday, April 14, 2021 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm


SMART at EMU: “Sexual Assault in Washtenaw County: Challenges and Strategies for Achieving Justice”April 15, 6:30 p.m. 


Saturday, April 17th, 1:00 p.m. Protest: Honoring George Floyd (9:29). 4500 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1012. Event by VALUE BLACK LIVES LLC., Survivors Speak and Trische’ Duckworth. An in-person protest. See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/492603081910540


And reminders: 

Yousef and You Community Forum

Monday, April 12 6-7 p.m.

More information here.


Virtual Brews and Views– League of Women Voters Election Security With J. Alex Halderman, PhDWednesday, April 14, 2021 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm


SMART at EMU: “Sexual Assault in Washtenaw County: Challenges and Strategies for Achieving Justice”April 15, 6:30 p.m. 


Saturday, April 17th, 1:00 p.m. Protest: Honoring George Floyd (9:29). 4500 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1012. Event by VALUE BLACK LIVES LLC., Survivors Speak and Trische’ Duckworth. An in-person protest. See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/492603081910540


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