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Earned Income Tax Credit could help you get more money back

By Lauren Grudzinski, Work Incentive Benefit Specialist
 
Tax season is upon us and the April 15 IRS tax deadline is quickly approaching. We at IndependenceFirst want to let you know about a tax incentive that is underutilized. Many of our consumers are trying to make ends meet and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is designed to help people get more money back in...[read more]

| Thursday, 3/26/2015 - 10:05 AM | 0 comments

Be prepared to vote

By Lee Ann Kingston, Special Registration Deputy
 
As a Special Registration Deputy (SRD) for the city of Milwaukee, I am concerned with the issue of all people having an equal opportunity to vote. I have seen people with disabilities turned away because they did not have proof of residence. Any time a voter moves to a new residence, even a different apartment in the same...[read more]

| Wednesday, 3/11/2015 - 12:23 PM | 0 comments

Upcoming events celebrate achievements of the ADA

By Julie Alexander, Independent Living Services Lead Coordinator
 
We are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) throughout 2015. We have a variety of events in the works, including a series of Brown Bag Lunch educational sessions. In this blog, I will give you...[read more]

| Thursday, 3/5/2015 - 2:33 PM | 0 comments

The Youth Leadership Program has expanded!

By Alie Kriofske Mainella, Youth Leadership Program Manager
 
As the Youth Leadership Specialist at IndependenceFirst for the past (almost) 10 years, it has long been my dream to grow the program.
 
Today, I’m thrilled to tell you that grow, we have!
 
We are now a Youth Leadership Program consisting of three individuals...[read more]

| Wednesday, 1/28/2015 - 2:00 PM | 0 comments

Housing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. imperiled

By Brian Peters, Housing Policy Advocate
 
Although I knew that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for civil rights, and that the Fair Housing Act was quickly passed shortly after his death, I did not realize how much Dr. King fought discriminatory housing policies. It was...[read more]

| Wednesday, 1/21/2015 - 1:55 PM | 1 comments
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