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Michigan's AmeriCorps Member of the Month
Shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights in Public Safety Studies, Angela Burge became an AmeriCorps member with the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps program (MFPC). Angela is placed at the Center for Financial Health, a HUD-and-MSHDA approved housing counseling agency located in Lansing.
The MFPC is administered through the Community & Economic Development Association of Michigan and engages 20 full-time AmeriCorps members placed at foreclosure counseling agencies throughout the state. These members increase housing counseling agencies' ability to serve homeowners facing foreclosure by taking on critical support functions such as intake, triage, community outreach, education, and generating a sustainable volunteer base.
Angela’s background and degree have helped her transition seamlessly into her role at the Center for Financial Health as a client intake specialist. The majority of her time at the Center focuses on aiding homeowners facing foreclosure and helping them gain access to free housing counseling and rescue programs. Angela also assists renters, homebuyers, homeowners, and seniors with their housing needs through programs that include home buyer education, financial fitness, rental, and pre-and-post-purchase housing counseling.
Through Angela’s AmeriCorps service, low-to-moderate income community members receive information, tools, and resources that will aid them in becoming more informed, financially fit consumers. Angela recently visited the Ingham County Treasurer’s office to provide outreach to homeowners facing property tax foreclosure. She presented information about the Step Forward Michigan program, which offers rescue funds for delinquent property taxes to homeowners who have had a qualifiable hardship.
“Angela is an outstanding AmeriCorps member,” stated MFPC program director Rachel Diskin. “She takes initiative to attend events outside of her standard service hours and build partnerships within the community. I can always count on her to respond professionally and promptly to emails, turn in monthly reports on time, and go above and beyond what is asked of her.”
For more information about the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps, please contact program director Rachel Diskin at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.