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The Amplify team's goal is to connect people living in Michigan with the resources and information they need to thrive. Our reporting, how-to guides, and community events will help you become your own best advocate on basic needs like housing, public safety, health and more.

Recent Stories
Lions Football cheerleaders and a drumline rally a crowd of people in Hart Plaza in Detroit.
Charles Falsetti
Visit Detroit
With hundreds of thousands of people expected to pour into downtown, here’s the lowdown on who’s in charge of policing — and how.
Photos by Adam Yahya Rayes. Illustration by Jodi Westrick
Michigan Public
This image contains 5 separate smaller images within it. Each image is a head shot of a presidential candidate. Two of the images are larger than the other three and are at the top of the image. Those images contain Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The other primary candidates (Dean Phillips, Nikki Haley, Ryan Binkley) are all in similarly sized smaller images lined up at the bottom.
All candidate images come from their respective campaigns. Collage by Adam Yahya Rayes
Michigan Public

Helpful Guides

Get resources on a range of topics from housing needs, due process rights, and more.

See someone in crisis? You don't have to call the police. Here are alternatives.
Following the police killing of a young man with schizophrenia several months ago, Michigan Radio collected resources to find support for people in mental health crisis.
What you should know about car insurance after no-fault overhaul
Michigan Radio has put together this guide to help you understand the biggest changes brought by the state's 2019 no-fault law.
Detroit's going to restart water shutoffs. Here's how you can avoid one.
About a quarter of Detroit's residential water customers were behind on their bills as of late last year. But Detroit Water and Sewerage Department officials say they won't shut off anyone who enrolls in an assistance program or gets on a payment plan.
How to escrow your rent in Michigan
This guide looks at escrow in Michigan, its risks, and what resources may be available in your area. Escrow is one of the tools tenants have to deal with housing problems when landlords are unresponsive.
Detroit renters with building problems do have options. Here's how to protect yourselves.
Michigan Radio consulted residents, lawyers, academics, and activists to round up what renters can do to protect themselves when building problems go unaddressed.
Thousands of Michigan children are eligible for free school meals. Here’s how you can make sure your kid gets theirs.
COVID-era universal school lunches — where all kids were given free meals regardless of income, feeding an additional 10 million students nationwide — has ended.
How you can protect yourself online, post-Roe
Abortion is still legal in Michigan. But many privacy advocates are urging caution about online activity that could be used to prosecute people seeking or assisting with abortion services.
A guide to understanding due process rights in Wayne County jails
A Michigan Radio analysis found that as of January 2022, at least 120 people were being held in pre-trial detention at a Wayne County jail for more than 18 months. We’ve created this guide to help you understand due process rights, and ways you can support a loved one in pre-trial detention.

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