Oakland County residential and commercial property owners are encouraged to pay their delinquent property taxes in full for 2020 and previous years by March 31, 2023. If you or someone you know cannot pay in full, please contact the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office to schedule a Taxpayer Assistance Meeting before the deadline.Continue reading
2023 State of the County Address Recap
Oakland County Executive, Dave Coulter, delivered his fourth annual State of the County address to an in-person audience at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield Township Tuesday night. The speech emphasized the county’s values of community, respect, inclusion and gratitude – which is why Coulter selected the Berman Center to host this year’s speech.Continue reading
Chills and Thrills at the Nature Center
Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) is home to two amazing nature centers – Red Oaks Nature Center in Madison Heights and Wint Nature Center in Clarkston – and both offer exciting indoor and outdoor programming all winter long!
- American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters at select programs
- Yoga with Studio 8 Fitness at Wint Nature Center on Sunday, March 19, 2-3 p.m.
- Scout Badge Days
Oakland County Parks and Recreation Seeks Input on New 5-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan
We want your feedback! The new Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) 5-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan is available online and OCPR is encouraging Oakland County residents to continue to share their feedback. Their plan will help build a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient future for OCPR by updating the strategic plan vision and mission by adding four core values to the 2023-2027 Recreation Plan.
The plan will guide OCPR staff and the Parks Commission in their efforts to provide high-quality recreational opportunities to Oakland County residents over the next five years. It follows the Guidelines for the Development of Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plans provided by the Grants Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and will replace the previous 5-year plan, which expires on December 31, 2022.Continue reading
Help for People Experiencing Homelessness in Oakland County
Although Oakland County has a strong economy and many resources, there are still residents that are forced to choose between necessities like buying food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. At any given time, there may be approximately 1,200 persons experiencing literal homelessness, residing on the street, in a shelter, a place not meant for habitation, or in transitional housing. The Oakland County Neighborhood and Housing Development Division works closely with community partners to help those on the brink of or actively experiencing homelessness.
Some traditional “helpful” actions may disqualify individuals from receiving assistance from established programs; therefore, connecting the person to local organizations instead of giving them money directly (i.e., paying for hotel nights, creating GoFundMe accounts, etc.) is the best way to help. Remember to be cautious about sharing anyone’s personal stories and details on social media accounts. Volunteering and/or donating to a local agency that works with unhoused persons is always helpful.
Emergency Services Grant (ESG) funded emergency shelters in Oakland County served more than 1,000 homeless adults and children last year. Support is given to area homeless shelter providers for operations, maintenance, and essential services. You can support persons experiencing homelessness through trusted community partners.
- HAVEN: 24-hour emergency shelter for domestic and sexual assault victims
- HOPE Adult Shelter: Walk in, low barrier emergency shelter for anyone over age 18
- Lighthouse: emergency shelter, housing and food assistance
- Welcome Inn Day Center: low barrier day center, overnight shelter with area churches
- Community Housing Network: affordable housing, housing assistance, homebuyer education
- Grace Centers of Hope: various shelter services for men, women, and children
- OLHSA: Emergency housing and emergency assistance
- Common Ground: shelter programs for youth
- Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development
For additional support, call 2-1-1 and Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse On Call.Continue reading