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Improving the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Credit Helps Older Missourians Remain in Their Homes
Increasing housing values and associated property taxes can price older adults out of the homes they have lived in for decades, separating them from their neighbors and communities. Marillac Mission Fund’s Theory of Change seeks to increase the stability and quality of life for older adults experiencing poverty to continue to live independently, in line with our value of respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life. The relief offered by the Missouri “Circuit Breaker” property tax credit helps older Missourians and Missourians living with disabilities who have fixed incomes stay in their homes by refunding a portion of property taxes that have been paid. However, it has not been adjusted since 2008, limiting its reach and impact. There are currently three bills moving through the state legislature that seek to strengthen the Circuit Breaker by expanding income eligibility, increasing the credit amount, and/or indexing the credit and eligibility to keep pace with inflation. As our grantees have first-hand experience working with low-income older adults and adults with disabilities, we are asking for your assistance in gathering stories about how increasing property taxes has impacted those you serve.
Medicaid Redetermination ResourcesBeginning April 1, 2023 and over the next 12 months, all Medicaid recipients will be required to go through the redetermination process. We have put together some resources for nonprofits to assist those that they serve to be ready for this process to avoid any unnecessary loss of coverage.
New Human Trafficking Resources AvailableThe Missouri Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CATE) has released Digital Media Toolkits to share the findings of the 2019 Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan. They have also released a Standards of Care document to inform services while minimizing harm.
New MMF Application Resources Available
MMF has created several new application resources to help guide you through the process, including an application guide, a document which explains what makes a strong MMF proposal, and a new way to reach MMF staff for technical assistance.
Immigration Legal Services: A Time for Bold Action
This 2022 report from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, "Immigration Legal Services in California, A Time for Bold Action" gives an updated on the status on the intensifying legal services needs of immigrant communities and legal service providers, with relevant recommendations for any state.