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Joining 4-H and Alumni at the MSU Women’s Basketball Game

More than 4,500 4-H youth, their families, and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension staff members and their families attended the MSU Women’s Basketball game Jan. 22.

For the first time, Michigan 4-H alumni and the Michigan 4-H Foundation also hosted an event for 4-H alumni. More than 60 people from across the state attended the event and enjoyed food, coloring for kids, games, a Spartan Selfie Station, a visit from Sparty and general networking. We hope this is the first of many successful alumni events.

At halftime, 4-H’ers from Ingham, Macomb, Oakland and Saginaw counties made their way to the court. They were joined by Patrick Cudney, associate director of MSU Extension, and Julie Chapin, Children and Youth Institute director, as they proudly led the 4-H pledge:

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country and my world.

Youth stand on the court with Julie Chapin and Patrick Cudney and lead the pledge.

Youth from Ingham, Macomb, Oakland and Saginaw counties lead the 4-H pledge with Julie Chapin and Patrick Cudney.

Thank you to everyone who came together to make the alumni event and the 4-H Day at the Breslin so successful!

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MSU Extension Macomb County staff members’ contributions acknowledged in State of the County address

In a recent Spotlight article of Nov. 7, I let you know about Michigan State University Extension’s role in aiding homeowners eligible for property tax assistance through the Step Forward Michigan Program. In that article, I quoted Ted Wahby, the treasurer of Macomb County, who praised the “productive partnership” between MSU Extension and the Macomb County Treasurer’s Office. He went on to say that the team effort resulted in more than $1.1 million dollars in back taxes paid and more than 175 families no longer at risk of losing their homes.

At the end of November, the Treasurer’s Office updated us that currently 204 Macomb County residents have been assisted with $1,203,512.42 in repaid delinquent property taxes.

On Dec. 4, Macomb County executive Mark Hackel delivered his third State of the County address to an invitation-only crowd of 1,200 county employees, residents, partners and policy makers at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township. During the address, Mr. Hackel recognized the impact that the partnership between MSU Extension and the County Treasurer’s Office had in Macomb County’s transformation by keeping residents in their homes with the Step Forward Michigan Program.

We were one of the few departments individually acknowledged! I was proud of Jean (Lakin) and her team!” said Debbie Safian, Macomb County administration support staff member and one of the invited guests.

Additionally, Steve Gold, director of the Macomb County Department of Health and Community Services, acknowledged the role that MSU Extension housing counselors played in this effort.

“MSU Extension staff provides direct educational services to literally tens of thousands of Macomb County residents annually. We think of education as paying off ‘in the long run,’ but the Step Forward Michigan Program is different: the benefits to our residents (not losing their homes) and the benefits to the county (not losing a million dollars in property taxes) have been immediate and dramatic. MSUE and the Treasurer’s Office can be justly proud of how much good has grown from their partnership,” he said.

Greening Michigan Extension, Financial and Homeownership Education (FHE) educator Jean Lakin leads the team of Sarah Carter, Natalie Ciampichini, Helena Fleming, Rob Weber and AmeriCorps member Alicia McMiller.

Jean remarked in an email to the team, “Needless to say all of the hard work that each and every one of you do each day for the Macomb County residents facing foreclosure IS recognized and appreciated. Not only by the residents that you work so tirelessly for but also by those on campus and in the county who support us and understand that we are making a difference here in Macomb County. It is an honor to work with each one of you every day and we all THANK YOU for your dedication to the Step Forward Michigan project.”

I agree with Jean and having our staff and their program singled out in the State of the County address by the Macomb County executive is pretty special. Thanks for everyone’s contributions to this great partnership!

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MSUE once again a HUD-approved housing counseling agency

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently reapproved Michigan State University Extension as a Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA). The reapproval allows MSUE to continue to provide housing counseling in the areas of home improvement and rehabilitation, financial management and budgeting, and mortgage delinquency and default resolution. They are also approved to provide workshops dealing with issues such as finances, credit repair, predatory lending and home buying.

 All of our districts participated in this successful approval. Macomb and Washtenaw counties served as MSUE’s on-site reviewed offices. Both counties articulated the excellence of our educational programming in the areas of financial education, housing and foreclosure prevention, and both counties continue to lead the way for our statewide efforts in this subject.

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MSUE’s Greening Michigan Institute Financial Ed Team participates in Michigan Money Summit

In the current economic situation, Michigan residents are struggling to rebuild lost assets and cope with less income. Michigan State University Extension financial education experts are stepping up to the challenge to assist people in dealing with this situation. MSUE offers assistance in many ways, among them financial classes on budgeting, home repair workshops and foreclosure prevention counseling.

 Increased public awareness of MSUE’s role will allow more residents to receive unbiased information and the education needed to aid in their economic recovery. With that in mind, Macomb County MSUE participated in the annual Michigan Money Summit Oct. 9 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts sponsored by WWJ, a major Detroit radio station. Members of the Greening Michigan Institute’s Financial Education Team decided that it was an excellent opportunity to highlight its strong community programs, university research and the new Michigan Money Health website.

Michigan State University Extension participates at WWJ Michigan Money Summit.

Michigan State University Extension participates at WWJ Michigan Money Summit.

 MSUE became an event sponsor at a cost of $4,000 paid through Community Reinvestment Act bank donations. Sponsorship resulted in 20 promotional radio announcements, inclusion on the WWJ Web page and event participation.

MSUE made arrangements for Dr. Lisa D. Cook, Michigan State University assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the James Madison College, to serve on a panel with David Sowerby, chief portfolio manager, Loomis Sayles, LLC, and Ken Ross, commissioner, Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation. Dr. Cook presented her research paper, “The Financial and Economic Crises: Implications for Consumer Finance and for Households in Michigan” and took questions from WWJ television and radio talent Murray Feldman and the audience. The presentation and discussion were then played on radio throughout the day. MSUE educators staffed a table and distributed program brochures, flyers and materials to attendees.

Michigan Money summit panelists

David Sowerby, chief portfolio manager, Loomis Sayles, LLC; Dr. Lisa Cook, MSU assistant professor; and Ken Ross, commissioner, Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation; were panelists at the Michigan Money Summit.

MSUE’s participation in the WWJ Michigan Money Summit resulted in a demonstrated link between campus research and the community – a key mission of land-grant universities, higher visibility of MSUE staff members as macro- and micro-economic experts working to improve the financial stability of residents and a funding opportunity for MSUE in the area of statewide investor education. And it also helped me to realize what a great resource we have on campus in the person of Dr. Cook.

 Greening Michigan Institute educators who took part in the summit were Jean Lakin, Anne Lilla, Terry Clark-Jones, Kathe Hale, Connie Costner and Erica Tobe. Thanks to all for helping to move us forward in this high priority even as we continue to develop our plans for new programming in financial literacy!

 The Michigan Money Health website can be found at http://www.mimoneyhealth.com/. The Michigan Money Health Survey is currently at this site. Dr. Cook is continuing to collect data from the site. Staff members may contribute to her research by participating. In a few weeks, the site will also contain financial literacy content.

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MSU Extension gives tips to help improve credit score

Congratulations to Debra Studebaker, MSU Extension in Macomb County, for being included in a great piece on WILX TV about improving your credit score. In hard economic times, these tips and tricks are invaluable.

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