Homeless Solutions

Emergency Solutions Grant

Community Action Alger-Marquette was awarded the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development once again for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. This program provides funding for people who are literally homeless (ie. living on the streets, in a car, in a shelter or a safe haven) or could become homeless due to facing an eviction. Those with an income of 0-30% of the median federal poverty level may qualify for our rapid-rehousing and prevention services. These services may include case management, an emergency hotel voucher, help with a security deposit and/or short-term rental assistance if necessary, or help with past due rent, all of which would help prevent the client from becoming literally homeless or living in a shelter. This program provides funding for people in the following counties:

Marquette Keweenaw
Alger Dickinson
Schoolcraft Delta
Baraga Menominee
Houghton Iron

Housing Choice Voucher

Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) are made available by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and local Public Housing Authority to provide rental assistance to very low-income families, elderly and disabled people. Their income must be under 50% of the median income for the location they are planning to live. Those who are eligible and receive a voucher are then able to look for their own housing and rent a place that meets the health and safety requirements for the program. Our Case Workers at Community Action Alger-Marquette are able to put those who are eligible on the waiting list for a Housing Choice Voucher, if it is open in the client’s area of residence. Again, we service clients in:

Marquette Keweenaw
Alger Dickinson
Schoolcraft Delta
Baraga Menominee
Houghton Iron

Supportive Services for Veteran Families

The Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) is a rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention program serving Veterans and their families who are below 50% of the median area income and are either homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless. The services provided could include case management, outreach, and helping Veterans obtain benefits such as health care services, transportation services, assistance with overdue utilities, along with short-term rental assistance. This program includes the following counties:

Marquette Iron
Alger Dickinson
Schoolcraft Menominee
Baraga Delta
Houghton Luce
Keweenaw Mackinac
Ontonagon Chippewa
Gogebic

Family Self Sufficiency

The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program is available for our clients who are living at The Preserve at Orianna Ridge, and for any participant in Alger, Marquette, Baraga and Houghton Counties with a MSHDA voucher. When a participant’s rent is increased due to earned income, the increase they pay in rent will be put into an escrow account. Once the tenant completes the 5-year program, they will receive their escrow money and be able to put it towards a down payment on a house, pay off debt, use it towards educational expenses, purchasing a vehicle or any other needs. CAAM has two FSS Resource Coordinators who work with eligible participants. The FSS program is a voluntary program that encourages HCV participants to be economically independent and self-sufficient. The participant must comply with the FSS Contract of Participation, seek and maintain suitable employment, develop and achieve personal goals, attend Financial Capability Management or complete an online session, meet in person with their FSS Resource Coordinator twice per year and be in contact by phone or email twice per year. To graduate from the program, the participant must be employed the last 12 months of the contract, no household member can be receiving TANF during the last 12 months of service and they have met their goals and received a certificate from the Financial Management course. The Resource Coordinator can assist with helping to improve or gain employment, develop a family budget, increase education by obtaining a GED, vocational training or college credit.

Heat & Utility

Community Action Alger-Marquette receives funding for emergency heating and utility assistance for those individuals or families who have past due bills or may be in danger of running out of fuel. We are starting to schedule appointments as of November 7th, 2016. A call to our intake specialist can help determine if you are eligible and if funding is currently available. (906-228-6522 Ext. 206).

Deliverable Fuel
  • Assists with payment of deliverable fuel such as propane, fuel oil, wood, wood pellets, etc.
  • If applicable, fuel tank must be at or below 25% in order to fill it.
  • Household's gross income must be below 150% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Will need to show proof of income and identification.
Metered Utilities
  • Assists with payment for metered utility bills such as Semco Energy, UPPCO, Marquette Board of Light and Power, Alger-Delta Electric, etc.
  • Cannot help with water or sewer bills.
  • Bill must be past due.
  • Household's gross income must be below 150% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Will need to show proof of income and identification.

Eligibility: 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Family Size

Gross Monthly Income

1

$1,485.00

2

$2,002.50

3

$2,520.00

4

$3,037.00

5

$3,555.00

6

$4,072.50

7

$4,591.25

8

$5,111.25

Add $520.00 for any additional family member.

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program, has been funded primarily by the Federal Department of Energy since 1979. Additional funding is also provided by the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Michigan Public Service Commission. Low-income homeowners and renters are provided services such as weather-stripping, caulking, and insulation of attics, walls and crawl spaces. The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to lower energy costs to the individual thereby freeing up precious income that can be applied toward another living expense or to make paying the high energy bills more attainable through energy efficiency measures.

A great deal of technology is involved with testing the homes and developing a “game plan” under this program. An extensive energy audit is performed on each home along with a “Blower Door Test,” which indicates the number of air changes per hour in a given dwelling. A house that is too tight can cause indoor air quality problems, and may result in respiratory ailments; while a house that is not tight enough will allow too much cold air infiltration. We examine and test the efficiency of the heating units in a home, and also test for the amount of carbon monoxide in the ambient air of the home. A compilation of all of these tests then determines what weatherization measures will be installed in a home, based upon the savings to investment ratio.

Eligibility for this program is based on the gross income of all household members. Written verification of income and home ownership or rental status is required.

Each year, about 75 homes are weatherized at an average cost of $3,439. Since the program began in 1979, we have received $14.4 million of funds and weatherized approximately 5,575 homes in the two county area.


Affordable Housing

Grandview Marquette (coming in 2017)

The former Holy Family Orphanage, is being transformed as The Grandview Marquette in the late summer of 2017. Constructed in 1915, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They new residences will offer working families 56 units of affordable rental housing that will be easily walkable to the conveniences, amenities and opportunities in central Marquette. Fourteen units will be supportive housing units for formerly homeless persons and families in need of some level of support.

Lost Creek

CAAM partnered with Trilogy Development Company, a for profit developer from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to build two affordable housing developments in Marquette County starting in 1997. The first development was the Lost Creek Apartments and Town Homes, which is a senior housing development, located in Marquette Township on County Road 492. Lost Creek is a 151-unit development for seniors, 55 years or older. Rental rates are based on income for 90 of the units, while the other 60 units have no income qualifiers and rents are based on the current market. Lost Creek offers residents an attractive senior community in a rural setting and that includes amenities such as a library, crafts room, and comfortable lounge areas. It also includes a 7,000 sq. ft. community building which houses an CAAM community nutrition congregate dining site for seniors and a commercial meal preparation kitchen for home delivered meals to the surrounding area.

In 2000, CAAM received the prestigious “Peterson Award” for the best supportive housing provider in Michigan for Lost Creek.

The Preserve at Orianna Ridge

The Preserve at Orianna Ridge is the second development in CAAM’s portfolio. It is an 80 unit affordable family development located in the City of Marquette on Pioneer Road. It is a mix of 1 and 2 story apartments and town homes. All rents are based on household income. Twenty of the units were constructed and are set-aside for residents with special needs. A collaboration with other service providers in the area allows these individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live independently and also receive assistance with their day-to-day living needs. The Preserve at Orianna Ridge won an honorable mention in the 2005 national award program sponsored by the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.


Snowberry Heights Senior Housing

This most recent addition to CAAM’s affordable housing real estate portfolio is Snowberry Heights, located in the City of Marquette. It is an eleven story 191-unit development for low-income elderly persons. It is a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and has amenities such as laundry facilities, community room, hair salon and air conditioning in each unit. All rents are based on income and all of the apartments carry a H.U.D. Section 8 project based housing voucher. CAAM joined with its newest partner, Millennia Housing, Inc., a for profit developer from Valley View, Ohio to purchase Snowberry Heights in 2006 and by doing so, guarantees this complex to remain as affordable housing for 35 more years.

Alger County Home Rehabilitation Program

On behalf of Alger County, CAAM administers the Alger County Home Rehabilitation Program that is the Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Program funded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. This program is available only to homeowners who reside in Alger County. Extensive work such as roofing, wells, septic systems, heating systems, electrical wiring and plumbing are offered. All work contracted is performed by local licensed private contractors.
Eligibility for the Housing Services Programs is based upon gross household income and the number of occupants in the home. Written verification of income is required. The funds spent to rehabilitate a dwelling under the Community Development Block Grant program must be repaid when the house is sold or the applicant moves out.
Since the program began in 1980, Alger County has have received $3.9 million of funds and rehabilitated approximately 473 homes.

CAAM does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.