We are going through a generational event right now – one that is impacting every aspect of our country, from the health of our families, to our healthcare system, to our economy. These changes have been difficult, and our office is committed to doing everything we can to ease the burden on 8th district families.
If you still have questions after reviewing the below information, please feel free to contact our office by calling 517-993-0510.
For more information on state-level efforts and resources, please visit the state of Michigan COVID-19 page here. You can also call the Michigan COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 or email COVID19@michigan.gov with questions or concerns.
The latest health guidance:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is constantly providing updated guidance on how to best protect you and your loved ones. To see the most up-to-date medical guidance, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus page here.
Our state has taken significant and necessary steps to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, which you can read more about on the state of Michigan’s COVID-19 website.
State agencies are leading the charge in implementing many of the federal initiatives that have been created or expanded to address the coronavirus outbreak. If you believe your employer is failing to take the proper precautions to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus, you can learn how to file a complaint with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, check out this online tool through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The newly-passed American Rescue Plan will improve the ability to produce and administer vaccines, by setting up vaccination sites as places like sports stadiums and convention centers. This will help us get back to normal, sooner, and save lives.
Below are links where you can sign up to receive more information about getting the vaccine once you’re eligible, and even schedule your vaccination. Bear in mind that demand for the vaccine is still greater than the supply, and appointments are limited and vary by county.
State Wide: Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine
Ingham County: hd.ingham.org
Livingston County: livgov.com/health
Oakland County: oaklandcountyvaccine.com
For more information of vaccines visit our dedicated COVID vaccination webpage at slotkin.house.gov/COVIDVaccine
Direct Financial Assistance:
Under the most recently-passed COVID-19 relief bill, anyone making $75,000 or less will receive a $1,400 stimulus payment. Payments should begin hitting bank accounts within the next couple of weeks. Check this IRS webpage for updates on how to track this third round of stimulus checks and for information on how to the claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 taxes if you did not receive the first two stimulus checks, but think you were eligible.
In addition, any eligible individual who did not receive a stimulus payment in 2020 or received a payment less than what they qualified for may claim their stimulus payment as a “Recovery Rebate Credit” when they file their 2020 taxes. For more information on the Recovery Rebate Credit, please visit the IRS website here.
Under the newly-passed American Rescue Plan, Federal Supplemental Unemployment benefits will remain at $300 per week through September 6, 2021 and other federal unemployment programs that extend coverage to independent contractors, self-employed workers, individuals who have already exhausted their state unemployment benefits, and more through the same date This bill also ensures that the first $10,200 one receives in unemployment benefits in 2020 is tax exempt for those in households making less than $150,000.
If you lose your job during the coronavirus outbreak, you can apply for unemployment assistance here or by calling 866-500-0017. Both business owners and employees are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. You can find a full, step-by-step guide to doing so here.
Self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors, and low-wage workers can apply for benefits here. If you have already applied for unemployment benefits and have been denied, you should login to your Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) account to complete the next steps. You should not file a new claim, as that may delay the time it takes to get your benefits. Once you have filed a claim or scheduled a phone appointment, please note that incoming calls from a UIA agent may come from an unlisted number.
Claimants should continue to monitor their MiWAM account and the UIA website for updates.
Small Business Assistance:
New in the American Rescue Plan: The most recently-passed federal COVID relief bill, the American Rescue Plan, includes new funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, which helps keep workers on payroll, and will also help our local businesses stay afloat with targeted loans.
For Michigan restaurants: through a new program called the “Restaurant Revitalization Fund,” this bill provides $28.66 billion dollars for restaurants hardest hit by the pandemic, including a pot of money specifically for small restaurants. We will be holding an event next week to explain how people can apply for this aid.
For shuttered venues: The American Rescue Plan will support our local performance venues (think Meadowbrook, Pine Knob, and 20 Front Street) with an additional $1.25 billion for the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Program. This program is slated to open on April 8, 2021. More information on the SVOG Program visit the SBA's website here.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): Michigan small businesses and nonprofits experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19 may be able to obtain relief through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program on the Small Business Administration website. These loans are designed to assist businesses struggling to meet their financial obligations by providing a loan up to $150,000 to cover costs such as employee health care benefits, rent, and utilities.
Paycheck Protection Program: Businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic may be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This program provides loans to impacted businesses that can be forgiven if the business meets certain criteria, including spending 60 percent of the loan on payroll expenses. The COVID relief package passed in December 2020 re-authorized the program (which had previously expired), allocated $284 billion to the program, and authorized a second round of loans to the smallest, hardest-hit businesses that had already received an initial PPP loan. It also streamlined the loan forgiveness process, particularly for loans under $150,000 who now simply need to complete and submit a one-page form. Additionally in March, we passed a bill to extend the deadline to apply for a PPP loan until May 31, 2021.
State Programs: The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through other available state programs. For more information, visit MEDC’s website or call 888-522-0103. The Michigan Small Business Development Center has also compiled a list of resources on their website for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus, which you can access here.
To expand the number of people who can afford healthcare coverage and to get money back in people’s pockets, the newly-passed American Rescue Plan expands ACA marketplace tax credits to all American purchasing coverage through the ACA Marketplace for 2021 and 2022, ensuring that enrollees pay no more than 8.5% of their income for coverage. The very good news is that the CBO estimates that these ACA changes will insure 1.3 million more Americans by next year.
A special enrollment period for the ACA Marketplace is now open through August 15, 2021. To explore your healthcare options, visit healthcare.gov.
Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs:
The American Rescue Plan increased funding for a number of federal nutrition assistance programs. The relief package extends a 15% increase in SNAP benefits through September 30, 2021, and authorizes over $1 billion in new funds to support state and local SNAP administrations.
Student Loan Support:
All federally-owned student loan payments are suspended through September 31, 2021. No interest will accrue on these loans during this suspension. All involuntary collection of federal student loan debt – including wage garnishment and tax refund offsets – is also suspended.
Borrowers should check their accounts online to understand their eligibility.
The eviction moratorium has been extended to June 30, 2021. This protection applies automatically. If your landlord attempts to evict you, you can access a form to show your landlord linked here.
Eviction Diversion Resource for your county:
Ingham County: Call the Ingham Eviction Diversion Program at 517-657-8145
Livingston County: Call the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLSHA) at 517-546-8500.
Oakland County: Call the Community Housing Network’s eviction diversion program at 248-269-1335
On February 16, 2021 the Biden Administration announced that they will extend the foreclosure moratorium for homeowners and offer a delayed mortgage payment window through June 30, 2021. The Biden Administration will also be offering up to six months of additional forbearance, in three month increments, for homeowners who got forbearance by June 30, 2020. For more information visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau here.
Governor Whitmer has partnered with Michigan’s financial institutions to address the needs of residential mortgage loan borrowers. You can find out more about the Michigan Mortgage Relief Partnership, including a list of participating financial institutions and the types of relief being offered, by clicking here.
The Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency has a HUD-certified counselor on staff and provides housing counseling services for residents of Oakland and Livingston counties via phone and internet. If you would like help understanding your mortgage options during this crisis, please contact OLHSA’s Housing Counseling department by email at email@example.com, or by leaving a message at 517-546-8500 x4104. Please keep in mind that all calls will be returned, as staff is not in the office to answer directly.
If you are a customer of DTE and you’re having trouble paying your bills due to reduced income or health impacts from COVID-19, contact DTE at 800-477-4747.
If you are a customer of Consumers Energy and you are having trouble paying your bill due to COVID-19, contact their customer service department at 800-477-5050.
The VA is recommending that veterans call the closest VA medical facility if they have symptoms, or request a telehealth appointment through the VA’s website.
Contact information for 8th district veterans services:
Lansing South VA Clinic: 517-267-3925
Ann Arbor VA Medical Center: 734-769-7100
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: 800-642-4838
Ingham County Veterans Affairs: 517-887-4331
Livingston County Veterans Services: 517-546-6338
Oakland County Veterans Services: 248-858-0785
Additionally, Congress passed the SAVES LIVES Act to help speed up efforts to get vaccines to veterans and those who care for them. This bill ensures that all veterans, along with their spouses and caregivers, can get their vaccines at the VA -- regardless of whether or not they are in the VA healthcare system. The VA is encouraging veterans to register with the VA as well as with their local health departments and local pharmacies to be alerted when a vaccine appointment is available. To register with the VA, visit their vaccine registration page here.
A number of resources are dedicated to serving seniors in our district. If you live in Livingston or Oakland County, you can contact the Area Agency on Aging at 800-852-7795 or by visiting them online here. If you are a senior living in Ingham County, you can contact the Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-11440 or by visiting them online here. Both agencies can connect seniors with Meals on Wheels, among other services.
Contact information for organizations serving seniors:
Livingston County Catholic Charities: 517-545-5944
Livingston County Senior Nutrition Program: 888-886-8971 or 810-632-2155
Older Persons’ Commission: 248-608-0264. Service area: Northeast Oakland County, including: Addison Township, Auburn Hills, Brandon Township, Clarkston, Independence Township, Lake Angelus, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills.
Western Oakland County Meal On Wheels: 888- 886-8971 or 810-632-2155. Service area: Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Commerce Twp., Groveland, Highland, Holly, Keego Harbor, Lyon Township, Village of Milford, Milford Township, Northville, Novi, Orchard Lake, Rose Township, South Lyon, Springfield Township, Sylvan Lake, White Lake, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and Wixom
Greater Lansing Area Meals on Wheels: 517-887-1460. Service Area: Lansing, East Lansing, Haslett & Okemos
Rural Ingham Meals on Wheels: 517-676-2775. Service Area: Holt, Mason, Williamston, Webberville, Stockbridge, Leslie, Dansville and Onondaga
The North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) is offering free pick-up service of groceries/essentials that have been paid for using store pick-up services at the Meijer in Oxford, at Kroger stores on Lapeer Rd. (M-24), and at Waldon and Baldwin roads in Orion Twp. Please note: Must be a resident of Oxford, Addison, or Orion townships, or Villages of Oxford, Leonard, or Lake Orion. NOTA will not be shopping for, or paying for, any items, only picking up and delivering. Call 248-693-7100 to learn more.
As we focus on keeping physically healthy during this crisis, we cannot forget about the need for mental health support in our community. MDHHS has stood up a statewide mental health “warmline” for anyone who needs support during this time. Call 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753) to be connected to a certified peer support specialist.
Individuals in crisis are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.
How to volunteer:
There are many volunteer opportunities to join the fight against COVID-19. If you have time to help your fellow Michiganders, the state has also set up an online portal –– michigan.gov/fightcovid19 –– with volunteer opportunities. You can also find out how to make financial or material donations and how to donate blood.
For constituents and visitors:
Congresswoman Slotkin’s offices in Washington and Lansing are on enhanced telework policies to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, but staff are still working full-time to serve you. See how to contact Congresswoman Slotkin at https://slotkin.house.gov/contact