OLHSA has had a busy summer season providing services that help those who are
most in need in the communities we serve.
I am proud of our team and the accomplishments our programs continue to achieve. The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program was able to provide over $13M to those affected by COVID-19 in Pontiac. OLHSA’s Venture, Inc. has had a productive last few months helping provide low-income community members with housing and helping to beautify our communities. OLHSA’s Head Start program will be ramping up again soon to help children prepare for their futures filled with learning. Our successes wouldn’t be possible without all of our community partners and volunteers who continue to assist us with helping those in need.
OLHSA also has its 4th Annual Golf Fore Change coming up on August 26th at Fountains Golf in Clarkston. The event will benefit energy services provided by OLHSA to families in Oakland County. We hope to see you there! Find more information on how to attend or become a sponsor here.
In case you missed it, OLHSA released our 2021 Annual Report. You can view it here. I look forward to more successes within the agency and continuing our efforts to serve our communities.
Head Start is now enrolling!
Head Start and Early Head Start Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! OLHSA's Early Childhood Services offers free full-day learning programs, nutritious snacks and meals, and family resources. Get enrolled in our learning community by calling (248)935-1796 or by applying online: https://pit.olhsa.org/hsreg/.
Comprehensive Employment Coaching
Are you looking for the career you deserve? Oakland County residents can contact a Comprehensive Employment Coach to work on enhancing employment opportunities, eliminating employment roadblocks, and advancing financial goals. Contact CarmanP1@olhsa.org to learn more!
Meet Up and Eat Up 2022
Find healthy, nutritious meals this summer for children in Pontiac. No documentation is required.
Check out the Meetup & Eat-up schedule here.
Venture, Inc., a housing subsidiary of OLHSA, has been working to beautify communities and help community members achieve homeownership. Recently, Venture, Inc. through MSHDA NEP Funding, was able to help four homeowners with free exterior home repairs including porch replacements and gutters.
In the GM Modern Housing (GMMH) neighborhood, Venture teamed up with the GMMH Neighborhood Association and homeowners to make a community difference. They were able to assist seven homeowners, complete the construction of the Oakland Park pavilion, and fabricate and install four neighborhood signs. OLHSA received more than $150,000 in funding from the state, financial institutions, and other nonprofit organizations to fund these projects in the GMMH Neighborhood.
Venture, Inc. has also recently sold a new construction home within the Perry Park Subdivision in Pontiac. In collaboration with Oakland County, Venture, Inc. has been able to build and sell five homes within the Perry Park Subdivision. In addition, Venture, Inc. collaborated with Oakland Schools to give students participating in the Residential Construction Trades Program the opportunity to build three of these homes. Not only has Venture, Inc. provided affordable housing units for five families in the Perry Park Subdivision, but also contributed to the future economy of the community by providing training opportunities for youth who will soon be independent adults who also have the ability to contribute to the community.
Join OLHSA’s Team!
Find your career at OLHSA that makes a community difference here: https://www.olhsa.org/en-us/current-job-openings
CERA - COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance
OLHSA was fortunate to be able to offer COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) in Oakland and Livingston Counties.
"OLHSA just passed the $13M mark in financial assistance to Pontiac community members that have been impacted by COVID-19. It has been a tremendous amount of work to award this in 15 months and I am very proud of the OLHSA team," says Nancy Isken, CERA Services Program Manager.
CERA Client Experience:
How has COVID impacted you and/or your household? "Loss of jobs for my wife and a huge strain on our income, she could not return to work for about a month. We all caught COVID in our household. Resulted in taking time off work to care for Family Members."
What would you like for us to know about your experience? “First, me and my family are truly grateful for all help that was given to us. Nothing negative at all, there was a bit of a wait but we understand there were a lot of applications.”
$13M in CERA Assistance
CERA funds assisted 2,421 Households with housing, utility, and internet needs!
July's What to Do If You're Behind on Your Mortgage
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Certified Housing Counselors help homeowners understand what actions they should take if they are unable to make a mortgage payment and available options to assist them with bringing their loan current to avoid a foreclosure. Learn about the new MIHAF program, the foreclosure timeline in Michigan, and ways to avoid scams.
This class is limited to Oakland and Livingston County Residents.
Click here to register. Please be sure to complete a registration for each person attending. If you have questions or problems please email email@example.com.
Grandparents Raising Grandkids (GRG): Kinship Care Support Group
Monday, August 15, 2022 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Virtual Meeting
OLHSA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren provides free support to kinship caregivers and grandparents as parents, who live with and are raising grandchildren in Oakland, Macomb, and Livingston Counties. GRG is sponsored by OLHSA, a Community Action Agency, and Area Agency on Aging 1-B.
To pre-register for the meeting please contact Lisa at Lisag@olhsa.org or 248-209-2721 with the spelling of first & last name and contact info including a telephone number and email if available.
Golf Fore Change 2022
August 26, 8 a.m. - Fountains Fountains Golf Course, 6060 Maybee Rd, Clarkston, MI
Golf Fore Change donations benefit supportive energy services that keep families safe, healthy, and warm. Sponsor or sign up for this year's event here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/FORE.
2022 OLHSA Board of Directors
Khalfani Stephens - Chair
Brent Earl - Vice Chair
Janet Jackson - Secretary
Douglas Williams - Treasurer
Public Sector Board Members
Angela Powell, Oakland County Commissioner
Joe Del Morone, Oakland County
Dwayne Lyons, City of Pontiac
Debbie Miller, Rose Township Clerk
Janet Jackson, Oakland County Commissioner
Honorable Phyllis McMillen, Oakland County Judicial
Doug Helzerman, Livingston County Commissioner
Khalfani Stephens, Government and Public Service
Community Representative Sector Board Members
Rhonda Dawson, Head Start Policy Council
Yohannes Bolds, Youth Concerns
Holbert Maxey, Housing
Willia Wright, Multi-cultural
Coleman Yoakum, Health and Disabled
Patty Soma, Senior Citizens
Jaclyn Kochis, Nutrition
Private Sector Board Members
David Bowman, Oakland County Commissioner
Fran Amos, Oakland Business & Industry
Beverly Beltramo, Oakland Business and Industry
Lisa Straske, Oakland Business & Industry
Cynthia Wells, Oakland Business & Industry
Douglas Williams, Oakland Business & Industry
Ellen Terpening, Oakland Business and Industry
Brent Earl, Livingston Business & Industry