Introducing the Hope Village
Neighborhood Resource Navigator
Ms. Juanita Maxwell is the Hope Village Neighborhood Resource Navigator. She provides one on one support for neighborhood residents to connect them with valuable resources, including MiBridges, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Affordable Connectivity Program, and much, much more!
Ms. Maxwell is available to assist Hope Village residents Monday through Thursday by appointment. Connect with Ms. Maxwell here
Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides a tax credit to working people with low to moderate income. Qualifying individuals receive a cash lump-sum payment (via direct deposit or paper check) at tax time. This year, changes to EITC eligibility rules mean more people qualify than before. Specifically, the income limits and amount of the credit have increased significantly for individuals and married couples without children.
To claim your credit, you must file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not otherwise required to file. If you worked full or part time in 2021, you may qualify for the credit.
Sign up here for a free in person or virtual tax prep session and get your taxes done right! Or, if you prefer to do your taxes yourself, use United Way of Southeastern Michigan’s free tax tools here.
Affordable Connectivity Program
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to
help low-income households pay for internet service and connected
If your household is eligible, you can receive:
- Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop
computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed
per household. To receive the connected device discount, consumers need
to enroll in the ACP with a participating provider that offers connected devices (Note: not all internet company offer device discounts.) The internet company will provide the discount to the consumer.