Michigan City Common Council. Educator; environment & water. Michigan City, Indiana
PORTAGE, INDIANA—The US Department of Transportation awarded the Marquette Greenway project $17.8 million from a 2021 RAISE grant, to be managed by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC). The award will be applied to funding needed to complete the final 17 segments of the continuous 60-mile trail. “NIRPC is absolutely thrilled at the news of receiving the RAISE grant. This represents, by far, the largest single active transportation investment in the history of Northwest Indiana. The Marquette Greenway is befitting of such an honor, and we are grateful to the US Department of Transportation for recognizing the enormous health, economic, and recreational impacts this project will afford our residents and visitors alike,” said Mitch Barloga, Active Transportation Manager at NIRPC.
The Indiana Dunes National Park and nine municipalities have pledged matching funds toward the Marquette Greenway project. NIRPC is the designated administrator, will manage funding and overall project management, and will work with municipal entities on design, engineering, and construction for these segments. “We are appreciative of the energy and commitment of all municipal entities and the National Park, and our partners One Region and the Northwest Indiana Forum on championing this route through the years,” said Barloga.
The funding allows for completion of the project, with a five-year estimated timeline. An additional $5.2 million is needed to complete the funding and will be supplemented from existing funding sources.
The Marquette Greenway will be an uninterrupted span through the Northwest Indiana South Shore region, running between Calumet Park in Chicago and New Buffalo, Michigan. It will connect 130,000 residents within a half-mile of the corridor and regional and national trail systems, and traverses a diverse geographic, ecological, and socio-economical region.
The project began in 2003 as a collaborate effort within the regional Marquette Plan, first spearheaded by Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) to redevelop the Indiana Lake Michigan shoreline as industrial use recedes. NIRPC and partners competed previously for grants in 2017, 2018, and 2019, under previous program names, TIGER and BUILD.
The US Department of Transportation RAISE Grants make $8.8 billion available in twelve rounds of competition for infrastructure projects that have a significant local or regional impact. The US Department of Transportation notes the RAISE program “enables DOT to use a merit-based process to select projects with exceptional benefits, explore ways to deliver projects faster and save on construction costs, and make needed investments in our Nation’s infrastructure.”
The Michigan City Tree Board has 24 one-inch diameter, 5-foot to 7-foot-tall trees of various species, available for planting in the tree lawn in front of city residences. Tree board members will deliver and plant the trees. Homeowners may assist and must pledge to water and care for the trees as they grow.
Interested persons may email Laura Henderson at email@example.com . Emails must state TREE REQUEST in the subject line and provide the homeowner’s name, address, phone number, precise description of where the tree will be planted (which must be in the tree lawn -between the sidewalk and street) and preference of tree species, ranked first to third from the following list: Sweet Gum, Serviceberry, American Hornbeam, Hackberry, Kentucky Coffee, Ironwood, Swamp White Oak, and Shingle Oak.
Qualifying recipients will be selected on a first come basis. Trees will be planted by December 31.
The trees are available pursuant to a grant received by the Michigan City Tree Board, whose seven members are dedicated to planting and protecting trees in the city community.
New this year: Apply for water assistance when you apply for your energy assistance. If you pay your water/wastewater bill, check “water” on your EAP application and include your water bill to be considered for water assistance. Please click here or see more details below about IHCDA's Water Program.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will accept applications from renters in all 92 counties for the Indiana Supreme Court’s Eviction Diversion Program, which is an additional tool to promote housing stability across the state. To qualify, the renter must have a pending eviction filed against them where they are named as the defendant and have not applied to or been assisted with any Emergency Rental Assistance program available in the state. If both parties elect to participate in this voluntary program, the pending eviction action will be stayed for up to 90 days while the parties pursue assistance or an alternate resolution.
The Citizen Request Ticket allows residents to report on the following:
Animal Control: Animal at large, Barking dog, Suspected abused or neglected animal
Cemeteries: Damage to a gravesite
Central Services: Missing or damaged traffic sign or street sign, Overgrown Vegetation, Pothole, Unhealthy or unsafe tree, Unlit Street Lamp
Planning & Inspection: Abandon vehicle, Abandoned Property, Suspected building code violation
Sanitary District: Appliances or indoor furniture in a yard , Suspected illegal dumping, Uncollected trash, garbage, litter, or debris
Indianapolis-Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced a regional collection system to sort and deliver items donated by Hoosiers to the thousands of Afghan evacuees temporarily housed at Camp Atterbury. Several state agencies will collaborate to receive, sort and deliver the needed items.
In addition to offering COVID testing and administering the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines, HealthLinc will travel to employers to vaccinate workers and their families.
Please call 1-888-580-1060 to schedule an appointment.
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SOUTH SHORE TO CLOSE 11th STREET STATION
South Shore announced that they will be CLOSING the 11th Street Station and parking lots beginning May 1st and will not re-open until the construction is completed in 2024.
For more double-track construction updates, go to link below.
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income residents throughout the state of Indiana https://www.indianalegalservices.org
Imagine walking into a solar company’s office with 50 or 100 of your neighbors and saying, “We all want to get solar. What kind of deal can you give us?”
That’s a solar co-op!
Registering STR properties will help us contact owners and make sure STR properties are good neighbors
The LaPorte County and Gary NAACP branches provide solar job training opportunities to local residents at the job fair event hosted by the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce tomorrow, Tuesday, Apr. 13th, at the Blue Chip Casino from 1 PM until 4 PM.
The opportunity comes after the Michigan City Sustainability Commission voted to support the NAACP’s Soul Power Project. This community project is a collaboration with Elevate Energy, Indiana Workforce Development, and Solar United Neighbors to advance solar installation training opportunities for affected workers and residents in Northwest Indiana, especially those in low-income communities and communities of color and returning citizens.
La’Tonya Troutman, NAACP LaPorte County Branch Environmental Climate Justice Chair, has led community campaigns for social and environmental issues in Michigan City for more than a decade and sees this green job development project as a natural extension of her work. “The Soul Power Project will help our community to advance energy efficiency and clean energy by strengthening community resilience and livability,” says Troutman.
Interested participants will attend and complete a six-week training course with Elevate Energy, weekly Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization with a mission of smarter energy use for all, will provide online and classroom training to prepare future installers for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification, the gold star standard in the solar industry, and OSHA 10 Certification. An in-person training component will be held at the Envision Center located at 1835 Broadway St., Gary. Successful completion in the training will include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 and NABCEP Certification, in addition to hiring opportunities in the solar industry as solar installers, project managers, and in sales and design.
“The Soul Power project will empower communities by bridging economic inequalities in our region while creating solar energy job possibilities connecting them to living-wage job opportunities in the renewable sector as Indiana begins its energy transition,” says Wesley Scully, NAACP LaPorte County Branch President.
Once applications and prerequisite testing are submitted with Indiana WorkOne, applicants will begin work with career advisors to improve applicants' career readiness. Among those strongly encouraged to apply are residents who do not have a college degree or who are returning citizens. The application deadline is Monday, April 26th, and classes are set to begin May 3rd. Applications can also be submitted and more information about the Soul Power Project or NAACP can be found at Soul Power Project | NAACP LAPORTE COUNTY (naacplaportecounty3061.com)
HOW TO GET YOUR FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECK
Did you miss the deadline to register online for the Economic Impact Payment? You may still be eligible to receive a payment in 2021 if:
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Updated 1 6 2021
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HOW TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, GET PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE
-- Go to www.healthycommunitieslpc.org or call Healthy Communities of LP County at: 219-210-3499
-- Go to www.healthlincchc.org or call 1-888-580-1060.
--For prescription assistance, Catholic Charities at 219-879-9312 or North Central Community Action Agencies at 219-872-0351
--For prescription assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO FIND FOOD ASSISTANCE
Go to https://hflaporte.org/covid-19-resources/ , click on “Food Pantries” or call 2-1-1
--Apply for SNAP/Health coverage at https://fssabenefits.in.gov/bp/#/
--For food assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO APPLY FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE
-- For rental assistance, go to www.indianahousingnow.org or call 1-844-463-7638
--For mortgage assistance, go to Indiana Hardest Hit Funds at http://www.877gethope.org/can-i-get-help#am-i-eligible or call 1-877-281-1488
--For issues regarding homelessness, contact the Home Team at 219-707-0873
--For housing assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO APPLY FOR UTILITY ASSISTANCE
--Go to www.nipsco.com/assistance, learn about payment arrangements and resources
--Call North Central Community Action Agencies at 219-872-0351
--Call Catholic Charities of La Porte County, IN at 219-879-9312
--For utility assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO GET CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE
-- Go to https://hflaporte.org/covid-19-resources/ and click on “Community Resources for Parents, Educators & Community Members” or call 2-1-1
-- For food assistance, contact your local township trustee’s office. (SEE BELOW)
HOW TO GET MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
--Call Indiana Be Well at 2-1-1 (Select 3) – Available 24/7 or Swanson Center at 219-879-4621.
HOW TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19
-- Go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting, call 888-634-1116 or contact your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call HealthLinc at 1-888-580-1060
Cass Dara Lee Guse 219-733-2816
Center Lisa M. Pierzakowski 219-362-2736
Clinton Courtni Meyers 219-851-5156
Coolspring Jackie Atwater 219-872-2181
Dewey Dick Bucher 219-754-2159
Galena Edward Hynek 219-778-4932
Hanna Glenn A. Wallace 219-797-3575
Hudson Thomas M. Euler 219-229-6183
Johnson Dan Knowlton 574-876-0876
Kankakee Steve Lestinsky, Jr. 219-362-2391
Lincoln Dennis Christensen 219-369-1163
Michigan Rodney Washington 219-874-5201
New Durham Phillip J. Hannon 219-785-4036
Noble David Doepping 219-767-2317
Pleasant Susan Cable 219-369-1167
Prairie Robert Younggreen 219-863-5798
Scipio Kaelynn D. Deckard 219-608-1853
Springfield Howard C. Conley 219-325-0809/219-324-9572
Union Sherry Morris 219-393-3315
Washington Loretta Rudolph 219-362-5321/219-363-4841
Wills Joan Cuson 574-340-5031
This is a free, state online resource for renters and property managers in Indiana. The dynamic search options allow you to find affordable, accessible and market-rate housing that will fit your needs.
Covid-19 Rental Assistance Program is expected to start phase II shortly. Check the website for more information. www.IndianaHousingNow.org
Additional resources, and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found in the Coronavirus Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Guide.
If you are an Indiana homeowner who’s fallen behind on your mortgage payment due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment, divorce, death of a spouse or medical hardship, we want to help you stay in your home. Our federally funded program provides one-time reinstatement only assistance of up to $30,000 for those that qualify. For more information please visit: http://www.877gethope.org/.
LaPorte County Comprehensive Mental Health Services
Swanson Center’s offices can be reached at 219-879-4621 or 219-362-2145.
If you are in crisis, and need immediate
assistance, please call 855-325-6934.
Stepping Stone Providing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, our free services include 24/7 crisis lines, intervention, temporary shelter, clothing & food, transitional housing, counseling, support groups, and advocacy. 219-879-4615
Do you know what kind of trees are growing near your house? Why trees are beneficial? How can you help a local tree- adopt it! Check out our Michigan City Forester’s website!