About CCJ

OUR MISSION

Center for Civil Justice advocates for people in Michigan who need help meeting their basic needs. CCJ uses legal expertise and information based on the experiences of low-income people to monitor and improve public policy and access to governmental programs and services.


OUR VISION

By providing legal and technical assistance to low-income people and their allies, CCJ ensures that Michigan's low-income population has greater access to basic needs and services, particularly related to food and nutrition, healthcare, and monetary support in order to improve economic stability and self-sufficiency. CCJ collaborates with low-income people and advocates to identify and address significant emerging issues through systemic advocacy strategies.


OUR WORK

CCJ is a non-profit organization that uses its expertise on laws and policies affecting low-income people in order to act as a voice for those individuals and enable them to receive assistance through social safety net programs. CCJ engages in impact litigation, as well as policy and administrative advocacy, to achieve system improvements in the policies affecting Michigan's low-income population. We also provide legal and technical assistance to advocates and organizations statewide on a variety of policy issues, especially those related to food, nutrition, housing, utilities, healthcare, and economic self-sufficiency.

We address statewide legal and policy issues, with our primary service area including the counties of Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, St. Clair, Sanilac, and Tuscola.


OUR AREAS OF FOCUS

  • HEALTHCARE ELIGIBILITY LAW PROJECT:  CCJ’s Healthcare Eligibility Law Project (HELP) provides low-income people in Genesee County access to governmental health insurance programs and monitors and corrects errors in eligibility calculations, policies, and practices.
  • HEALTHCARE:  CCJ works with advocates to ensure state compliance with state and federal healthcare laws. CCJ is a member of the Medical Care Advisory Council, wchihc advises the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on policy issues related to Medicaid. Where necessary, CCJ litigates to ensure compliance with laws pertaining to state and federal health programs.
  • HUNGER: CCJ monitors changing state laws, policies, computer systems, and practices related to hunger and welfare-to-work programs. We share our findings and concerns with state officials and the human services community. We use informal advocacy, and when necessary, litigation to ensure that state and local agencies follow the law in administering safety net programs.
  • HOUSING & UTILITIES: CCJ monitors laws and policies concerning subsidized housing and utilities, and advocates on behalf of people facing issues such as predatory lending, housing-related frauds, and foreclosure.
  • EDUCATION & DISABILITY: CCJ monitors federal and state laws and policies to ensure that schools as well as state and local agencies follow the law to provide appropriate accommodations in their programs.
  • LANGUAGE ACCESS:  CCJ advocates to ensure that language is not a barrier in access to social safety net programs, healthcare, and other social services.
  • TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: CCJ provides training and technical assistance to legal services, anti-hunger and health advocates, human services, and faith-based organizations so that they can ensure their clients know about and receive the critical safety net services for which they are eligible. Advocates can contact CCJ by phone to ask questions about recurring or significant problems they see in their low-income client community. CCJ does not provide direct legal representation for individual clients. If you require information regarding your legal issue, please try the resources available at Michigan Legal Help.

Thank you for helping to provide the legal and advocacy services that would otherwise be inaccessible to our most vulnerable neighbors.

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