U-M’s Poverty Solutions Produces Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide

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ANN ARBOR, Mich – A Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide provides information on how to access various resources aimed at supporting Michiganders through the coronavirus pandemic and related economic slowdown.

This guide provides information on how to access programs aimed at supporting Michiganders during the coronavirus outbreak. The programs in this guide are supported by the state and federal government, private companies, and nonprofits that serve the majority of Michigan residents, plus there is a special section for programs serving Detroit residents and links to local resources in other areas of the state. The coronavirus outbreak and responses are evolving quickly, and this guide will continue to be updated.

The guide is available for download in Arabic, English, and Spanish.

While everyone is affected by the restrictions on public gatherings, business closures and public health concerns, it is low-wage hourly workers, people with little savings or disposable income and people living in poverty who will have the most difficult time weathering the economic disruption accompanying the COVID-19 crisis, says H. Luke Shaefer, founding director of Poverty Solutions and a professor of social work and public policy at the University of Michigan.

Poverty Solutions, a U-M initiative aimed at preventing and alleviating poverty, compiled the Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide to help people make sense of the new resources becoming available as a result of the rapidly changing federal, state and local responses to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Responses to the coronavirus outbreak need to focus on taking care of our most vulnerable populations,” Shaefer said. “More needs are arising as this public health emergency continues and more and more consequences emerge.”

The Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide aims to make sure the people who would benefit most from these policy changes are able to take advantage of them.

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