General Assistance

Michigan Community Action Agency Association Provide free programs and services to help low-income individuals and families achieve higher levels of economic self-sufficiency and stability.
2-1-1 United Way Call 2-1-1 to speak with someone about information and resources that may be available to help you in your time of need.

Department of Human Services(DHS) Web Site References 

Career education and workforce programs:
Child Development and Care Unlicensed Provider Application:
Earned Income Tax Credit:
Energy Assistance Programs:
Family Automated Screening Tool (FAST):
Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH):
Healthy lifestyles:
Office of Services to the Aging:
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program:
Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS):
Applying for Assistance:
Cash Assistance:
Child Support:
Child Support Application and Case Information:
DHS County Offices:
DHS Forms and Applications:
DHS Policy and Procedural Manuals:
Emergency Services:
Food Assistance:
Medical Services:
Michigan Disability Resources:


1.) Low-Income and Foster Care Scholarship Opportunities for Students: 
Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) High school completion program that offers to pay for the first two years of college and beyond for identified students who graduate or complete their GED before age 20.
Michigan Student Aid Financial help for higher education. Check out their site for information on all state and federal programs, helpful hints, scholarship searches and tools to help you plan for your future. Go directly to the financial aid programs or browse the site by working through the customer groups.
4.) Low-Income Educational Resources:

Employment & Taxes

Pure Michigan Talent Connect – Your launch pad for new jobs, careers, and talent.
Michigan Works! Areas of this program will still be available to you, including resume writing, workshops and access to Pure Michigan Talent Connect job postings.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Tax benefit for people who work – If you qualify, you will owe less in taxes, and you may get cash back. Even if you do not owe income tax, you can get the credit but you must file a federal tax return. Learn more at
Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) Unemployment insurance benefits for qualified unemployed residents. These benefits provide temporary income while you look for new employment.
Department of Treasury This site provides information for:
perty Owners – annual tax sale, unclaimed property, tax reversion and property tax credits
Retirees – retirement services and resources to retirement links
Students & Parents – student financial assistance and tuition credit eligibility
Debtors – tax amnesty, and voluntary disclosure
Taxpayers – tax amnesty, assessments, income tax, e-file, and tax credits
(such as the Home Heating Credit)
Investors – investments, bonds, hospital and higher education authorities
Customer Service – tips and contacts for all of your property owner needs

Food & Nutrition

Michigan Combined Application Project (MiCAP) MiCAP provides food benefits to adults age 60 and over who receive SSI.
Pure Michigan Fit A nutrition and fitness initiative that provides tools and resources for families to give children a good start toward a long, happy and healthy life.
Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) MiCAFE helps adults age 60 and older apply for a Bridge Card to pay for food so seniors can afford other essential items like medicine.
National School Lunch Program
National School Breakfast Program

Food Bank Council of Michigan

Feeding America

Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program serves low- and moderate-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who have a nutrition-related health problem.
WIC Project FRESH – Farm Market Produce WIC Project FRESH is a program that makes fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers, through Michigan farmers’ markets. Women and children up to age 5 (excluding infants) currently enrolled in the WIC program can get coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Meals On Wheels Meals on Wheels is a private, nonprofit, volunteer-based service that delivers nutritious meals to homebound persons age 60 or older. Your local Area Agency on Aging can put you in touch with someone for service

Health Care

Health Services for Migrant Workers Directory of health care services and clinic information for migrant and seasonal farm workers.
Maternity Outpatient Medical Services (MOMS) Provides immediate health coverage for pregnant women who many not qualify for Medicaid.
Children’s Special Health Care Services A program that provides certain approved medical service coverage to some children and adults with special health care needs.
Vaccines for Children Childhood vaccines provided by participating doctors and clinics for eligible children.
Child & Adolescent Health Center Program Offers preventive and primary care to uninsured, underinsured and children receiving Medicaid.
MIChild A health care program for low-income uninsured children.


Department of Military and Veteran Affairs Check out their website to learn more about jobs, federal benefits, financial assistance, education and training, healthcare and other resources for veterans.


Michigan Housing Locator Find rental housing to fit your location and your income

Homeowner Assistance Services

Step Forward Michigan A comprehensive, statewide strategy focused on unemployed and underemployed residents to help homeowners who are at high risk of default or foreclosure with federal funds secured by the State of Michigan.
Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan
/ 877-979-FAIR (3247)
Fannie Mae (FNMA) / 202-752-7000 or 312-368-6200
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) / 888-297-8685
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) / 877-382-4357
Freddie Mac (FRMC) / 800-373-3343
Homeowner Preservation Foundation / 888-995-HOPE (4673)
Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. – (Oakland County) / 248-253-1548
Lighthouse of Oakland County / 248-920-6000
Lighthouse Community Development / 248-920-6200 ext. 2411 or ext. 2225
Lighthouse PATH / 248-335-1950
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) / 866-946-7432
Michigan Attorney General / 877-765-8388
Office of Financial and Insurance Services (OFIS) / 877-999-6442
Office of the comptroller of the Currency (OCC) / 800-613-6743
Rural Development / 800-793-8861
United Way for Southeastern Michigan / (Dial 211 to be connected)
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (Detroit Office) / 313-226-7900

Additional Resources

1.) DTE Energy’s Home Energy Consultation Program: Free Home Energy Saving Consultation and installation of free energy saving products
(877) 497-2191 or
2.) Handyman Ministries:
Provide low-income residential homeowners with free home maintenance and repair services
3.) Michigan Department of Human Services – help with utility bills, rent, etc. / (855) 275-424
4.) Thaw – Help with utility bills / (800) 866-8429
5.) Salvation Army – Help with utility bills, etc. / (586) 754-7400 or (248) 552-9585
6.) United Way – Dial 211 or (800) 552-1183 / Low-income resources – Heat, Food, Shelter, etc.
7.) Neighborhood Legal Services – (313) 833-0058 /
Low cost bankruptcy; free or low cost divorce, etc.
8.) Michigan Legal Aid – (Low-Income Residents) (248) 253-1548
9.) NAACP Ask the Lawyer Program – Detroit Branch (313) 871-2087
Free one on one legal advice / Every 1st Wednesday
10.) Free Annual Credit Reports – /  Equifax/Experian/Transunion / (877) 322-8228
11.) Counsel & Advocacy Law Line – Attorney staffed telephone advice / (888) 783-8190
12.) Focus Hope – / Low-Income Job Training Program / (313) 494-4300
13.) Job Corps – Low-Income Job Training Program / (313) 852-0300
14.) Business Development Center – Free and low cost business support & resources / (313) 331-7939
15.) Free Materials for the College Bound Student – &
16.) Food Stamps – (888) 642-7434
17.) Michigan Legal Help – – Low-Income (“In Forma Pauperis“) Community Services
18.) Social Services – (313) 396-0200
19.) Tax Preparation – / Free Tax Help for Low-Income Tax Payers
20. Free Tutoring – No Child Left Behind / (313) 873-3215
21.) Unemployment Insurance Agency – (866) 638-3993 or (866) 500-0017 /
22.) MI Works – (800) 285-9675 / Free resume and employment assistance & resources
23.) Section 8 Housing – / Low-Income Housing Assistance
24.) Mom’s Guide to the Five Love Languages of Children:

Emergency Service Providers (Food, Utilities, Rent or Mortgage Payments)

Archdiocese of Detroit – (Wayne County) / 313-972-3100
Catholic Community Response Team – (Pontiac) / 248-333-3700 ext. 3332
Church of the Holy Spirit – (White Lake, Highland) / 248-887-1441
Community Service of Oakland – (Southern Oakland County) / 248-542-5860
Department of Human Services (DHS) – (Oakland County) / 248-975-5200
Department of Human Services (DHS) – (Wayne County) / 734-595-9243
Good Shepherd Lutheran Coalition – (Macomb County) / 586-469-6964
Huron Valley Community Chest – (White Lake, Milford, Highland) / 248-887-3244
Lighthouse Clarkston – (Northern Oakland County) / 248-620-6116
Lighthouse Emergency Services – (Central Oakland County) / 248-920-6100
Macomb Community Services – (Macomb County) / 586-469-5222
Neighborhood House – (Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills) / 248-651-5836
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) – (Oakland County) / 248-209-2687
Open Door – (White Lake, Waterford, Commerce, Walled Lake, Milford, Highland / 248-360-2930
Sacred Heart – (Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester) /248-852-4170
Share a Smile – (Southeastern Michigan) / 248-312-5345
St. Benedict – (Waterford, Clarkston) / 248-681-1534
St. Perpetua – (Waterford, Clarkston) / 248-682-6431
St. Thomas Moore – (Troy, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills) / 248-647-2222
TEAM – (Birmingham, Pontiac) / 248-594-8326
The Salvation Army – (Oakland County) / 248-334-2407
The Salvation Army – (Southfield) / 248-443-2230
The Salvation Army – (Wayne County) / 734-722-3660
Samaritan House – (Macomb County) / 586-752-9703
Society of St. Vincent DePaul – (Pontiac) / 248-975-6231
Southfield Human Services Department – (Southfield) / 248-796-4546
Troy People Concerned – (Troy) / 248-589-9199
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency (Wayne County) / 734-284-6999

1956 Hilton Road  Ferndale, MI  48220
(800) 482-9250  Intake: Welcome Center
(248) 542-5860  Main
(248) 542-5897  Fax

REQUESTED SERVICE:  Rent Payment Assistance

SERVICE DESCRIPTION:  Provides financial assistance to low-income residents of Oakland County to respond to emergency shelter needs that cannot be covered by DHS or the State Emergency Relief (SER) program.  Assistance may be provided for rent or mortgage. THIS SERVICE IS DEPENDENT ON FUNDING AND NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE.

ELIGIBILITY:  Low-income residents of Oakland County whose need cannot be entirely met by DHS/SER, or who are ineligible for DHS/SER assistance.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Call for more information and funding availability.  ASSISTANCE IS DEPENDENT ON FUNDING AVAILABILITY AND IS NOT GUARANTEED. Walk-ins may be accepted if individuals have all their paperwork in order.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Renters must provide Court-ordered eviction notice . Homeowners must provide a Letter of Default stating amount of payments, late charges, and amount in arrearage.  Homeowners must also provide mortgage coupon book and statement of interest and principal amounts paid.  Oakland County ID required for everyone in the household 18 years and older.  Social Security cards for everyone in the household.  Proof of Income.  Current (within 30 days) DHS Decision Notice.  Confirmation of assistance from other agencies, churches, self and others.
FEES:  No fees

30755 Montpelier  Madison Heights, MI  48071
(248) 975-4875  TDD/TTY
(248) 583-8700  Main
(517) 373-0707  Ext. 2  Intake: Client Complaints
(248) 583-8841  Fax

REQUESTED SERVICE:  Rent Payment Assistance

SERVICE DESCRIPTION:  Provides housing assistance which may include money for rent, rent arrearage, security deposits, and moving expenses for individuals and families.

ELIGIBILITY:  Low income households with limited assets and one of the following circumstances:
*Household is homeless, living in a shelter, car or on the street
*Household is living temporarily with other individuals following a fire or natural disaster that occurred within 60 days of application
*Household is living with other individuals to escape domestic violence
*Court summons, order or judgment was issued which will result in household becoming homeless *Final written notice to vacate condemned housing from an authorized local public agency is received
Household needs adequate housing to avoid a foster care placement or before child(ren) can return home from foster care
DHS specialist/service worker, with supervisory approval, determines the family must be relocated from unsafe housing for the protection of child(ren)

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Apply in person at local DHS office or online through MIBridges

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Proof of residence; proof of income (earned and unearned) for all permanent household members; proof of assets (cash on hand, checking/savings/credit union accounts, etc); Birth Certificates; and Social Security cards for all permanent household members, court summons, order or judgment
FEES:  No fees

26080 Berg Road  Southfield, MI  48033
(248) 796-4540  Main
(248) 796-4545  Fax

REQUESTED SERVICE:  Rent Payment Assistance

SERVICE DESCRIPTION:  Provides referrals, consultations, and  limited one-time financial assistance to residents. Assists with funding to prevent court ordered evictions and utility shutoffs.

ELIGIBILITY:  Low-income Southfield residents
APPLICATION PROCESS:  Call for appointment
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Proof of income; court eviction notice; utility shut-off notice
FEES:  No fees
CONTACT PERSON:  Harold Shriman

570 Kirts Boulevard Suite 231  Troy, MI  48084
(248) 928-0111  Main: Housing Resource Center
(866) 282-3119  Toll Free
(248) 928-0122  Fax

REQUESTED SERVICE:  Rent Payment Assistance

SERVICE DESCRIPTION:  Provides financial assistance to those who are behind in rent and facing eviction. FUNDING MAY NOT ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE. Please inform callers they may call to be screened for all services offered to determine how CHN can best meet their needs.

ELIGIBILITY:  Oakland County residents who have a qualifying hardship, such as job loss, a significant reduction of job income, divorce, illness, or the loss of a contributing family member;

Can not be more than 3  months behind in rent, must have income between 30%-50% of Area Median Income (AMI), no other legal issues with their landlord, and have some income
APPLICATION PROCESS:  Call the Housing Recource Center for more information
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Proof of impending eviction, such as Notice to Quit or Eviction Papers

If you need further assistance, please dial 2-1-1 or visit

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