Locate help and assistance in all Michigan cities and counties, including Detroit and Grand Rapids. Also, in addition to the state run programs below, you can also find organizations and charities in Michigan that can provide you with help paying a variety of bills. Rental assistance, food, and medical care can all be provided.
The Michigan Department of Human Resources offers many resources including the following assistance programs:
Elder Prescription Insurance Program (EPIC)
A prescription drug medication assistance program for seniors living in Michigan. The plan provides year-round prescription coverage that can help with medical bills. Find additional ways to get help with medical bills and prescription drugs from EPIC. 866-747-5844
This program will aid low income families by providing health insurance coverage to children living in the state of Michigan. There is a very small monthly premium of $5 per month with no co-pays and no deductibles. 517-373-3740
Family Independence Program (FIP)
The main goal of the FIP program is to help families become independent and self-supporting. FIP is temporary cash assistance for struggling or lower income families with pregnant women or minor children. FIP helps these families pay for living expenses such as heat, rent, food, utilities, clothing, and personal care items. In addition, FIP applicants and recipients may be assigned to the Jobs, Education and Training (JET) program for assistance in finding a job or ways to develop needed job skills. Help with childcare, transportation, and other needs related to training and employment may be provided. Apply at your local Department of Human Services office.
Mortgage Help and Foreclosure Assistance
Michigan provides various programs that will assist families with paying their mortgage and also help those who need assistance avoid foreclosure. Learn about local moratoriums, counseling services, and other solution. Read more.
In addition, they have created a foreclosure mediation process that help bring lenders and homeowners to the table to review solutions. Click here to read more.
Non-profit, HUD certified housing counselors can also guide homeowners through a wide variety of assistance programs and solutions to any mortgage delinquencies. Learn more.
Food Assistance Program (FAP) Group
Eligibility for the Food Assistance Program will depend on the financial situation of all members of the household. All persons who live in the household and purchase and prepare food together will be considered to be members of the same FAP group that applies. 517-373-3740
Debt, Foreclosure, and Credit Counseling Organizations
Michigan is served by several government certified non-profit counseling organizations. They can help residents deal with unpaid debts, offer assistance for home loans, and other financial aid. Click here.
For many families in Michigan and elsewhere, the cost of quality, safe, affordable child care is a major strain on the family budget. DHS' Child Development and Care Program may provide aid and payments for child care services for qualifying families. This can be offered when the legal guardian, parent, or substitute parent is unavailable to provide the child care. 1-866-540-0008, or more Michigan child care assistance.
The Michigan Salvation Army and the utility company Consumers Energy have partnered together to offer this program to individuals and families across the state of Michigan. The assistance program can provide people with energy bill assistance, food, medical aid, and more. Read more on PeopleCare.
SER assists residents with home repairs that will correct unsafe conditions and also restore essential services. Eligible home repairs may include the replacement or repair of hot water heaters, a nonfunctioning furnace, or a septic systems. In addition to this, there are also non-energy repairs available. This will generally include all home repairs with the exception of furnace repair or replacement. (This will include hot water heaters as well as septic systems for client-owned housing.)
Cash Assistance and Social Services
The states human services organization can direct low income families and individuals to financial assistance programs and other aid. Get help with a variety of needs, such as energy bills, food, child care costs, and medical bills. More Michigan public assistance programs.
Housing, Rent, and Security Deposits
The state and their social service organization offers a number of housing programs to the low income. Receive help paying for deposits, rent, and moving expenses. Michigan wants to ensure people retain or find affordable and safe housing. Click here.
There are several non-profit law firms located in Michigan that provide free civil legal assistance and consultations to low-income people. Read more.
Home Ownership Services
Home Ownership Services can help prevent loss of a home by providing services such as:
Emergency Crisis Assistance and Case Management
Many Michigan families receive help from the Salvation Army. Dozens of branches are located across the state. The centers can provide limited amounts of help for paying electric bills, food, clothing, emergency rent help, and referrals. Learn more Michigan Salvation Army.
Health Care Coverage
Michigan offers numerous health care programs that are available to families, children, and adults who meet certain eligibility requirements. The goal of these various health and medical care programs is to ensure that essential services are made available to those who need it and who otherwise would not have the financial resources to purchase care on their own or to pay for medical bills.
Eviction and Homeless Prevention in Michigan
Federal funding from the Continuum of Care is offered by non-profits. The program can provide emergency rent help, transitional housing, funds to the homeless for paying security deposits, and free legal aid to prevent an eviction. Other low income housing resources are offered too. Read Michigan eviction prevention.
Utility and Energy Company Programs
In addition to financial assistance that you can find in your county using the resources below, people who need help can turn to the energy companies themselves. They may have grants, payment plans, and other financial support for seniors and the low income. More on Michigan utility bill assistance.
Seniors, Older Adults, and Elderly Programs
The state of Michigan Office of Services to the Aging coordinates a number of assistance programs and services for older adults. Your local Agency on Aging centers can provide meals, advice, referrals, information on health and medical programs, and more. Click here.
Michigan Free Health Care
Find a listing of community clinics in Michigan that provide free medical, health, and/or dental care. People with low income, or who do not have insurance, can be helped by these clinics. Click here.
Many centers in Michigan focus just on offering dental services to qualified individuals and families. Read more on how to get assistance for your dental needs.
Medical care is offered for residents who lack health insurance coverage. Several government programs and non-profits in Michigan offer prescription medications, treatment for pre-existing conditions, check ups and much more. Read Michigan uninsured health care programs.
Benefits are provided to disabled Michigan residents. Programs range from medical care, financial aid for bills , meals, home care, and respite for caregivers. The services are wide ranging and can also help the person’s family. Get more information and also learn how to apply for disability. Click here.
Michigan Housing Vouchers for Rent
Public Housing Authorities offer resources such as HUD section 8 for low income families. Additional housing programs are available for households with special needs or an elderly, income qualified member. Click here.
Job Programs, Government Grants, and Educational Services
Dozens of community action agencies operate in the state. Case managers can provide numerous services, including job training, applications for government grants to pay bills, food, senior services and Head Start. Click more details.
Another place to turn to for help finding a job or gaining a new skill or career are the Michigan Works! centers. These locations offer a number of employment services to those in need. Learn more.
Food Distribution Centers and Banks
In addition to the various agencies and non-profits that exist in your county below, find more information on food banks and pantries that are located in Michigan. Read more.
State Emergency Relief
The Michigan Department of Human Services created a resource known as SER. Cash assistance can pay bills, housing, rent, mortgage, and other expenses. The program also partners with local non-profits. Find more on emergency assistance.
Alcona County (Harrisville)
Antrim County (Bellaire)
Arenac County (Standish)
Baraga County (L'Anse)
Barry County (Hastings)
Bay County (Bay City)
Berrien County (St. Joseph)
Calhoun County (Marshall)
Chippewa County (Sault Sainte Marie)
Clare County (Harrison)
Clinton County (Saint Johns)
Crawford County (Grayling)
Delta County (Escanaba)
Dickinson County (Iron Mountain)
Eaton County (Charlotte)
Emmet County (Petoskey)
Genesee County (Flint)
Grand Traverse County (Traverse City)
Gratiot County (Ithaca)
Huron County (Bad Axe)
Ingham County (Lansing)
Iosco County (Tawas City)
Iron County (Crystal Falls)
Isabella County (Mount Pleasant)
Kent County (Grand Rapids)
Keweenaw County (Eagle River)
Lake County (Baldwin)
Leelanau County (Leland)
Lenawee County (Adrian)
Livingston County (Howell)
Luce County (Newberry)
Mackinac County (Saint Ignace)
Mason County (Ludington)
Mecosta County (Big Rapids)
Missaukee County (Lake City)
Montcalm County (Stanton)
Newaygo County (White Cloud)
Oakland County (Pontiac)
Osceola County (Reed City)
Ottawa County (Grand Haven)
Sanilac County (Sandusky)
Shiawassee County (Corunna)
St. Clair County (Port Huron)
St. Joseph County (Centreville)
Tuscola County (Caro)
Van Buren County (Paw Paw)
Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor)
Wayne County (Detroit)
Wexford County (Cadillac)
Michigan Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The LIHEAP program is federal money that is given to each state to assist low-income families who need to with paying energy bills. In Michigan, the LIHEAP grant is used for the following programs:
Over 100 locations of the Salvation Army offer utility and heating bill assistance throughout Michigan. It is a crisis assistance program. Read more.
Citizens Oil Heat Program
Citizens Energy, working with numerous heating oil dealers and fuel assistance agencies across Michigan, delivers free heating oil to families in need. Citizens also cooperates with oil heat dealers in over 15 states to provide deliveries of free home heating oil to those in Michigan who need help paying heating bills. More.
Home Heating Bill Credit
A state tax credit that is available to assist lower income and struggling families living in Michigan with the cost of heating bills. The tax credit is based on total household income, the number of exemptions claimed by the homeowner, and the home total heating costs.
Winter Protection Plan
This plan protects low-income customers and seniors from natural gas or electric service shutoff, and also protects them from high utility and heating bill payments between December 1 and March 31.
The Winter Protection assistance program will allow eligible customers to make monthly payments of at least 7 percent of their estimated annual utility or heating bill, along with a agreed upon portion of any past-due amount, December through March, and they will avoid shutoff during that timeframe even if their bills are higher.
State Emergency Relief (SER)
The SER program provides limited help to customers and residents who have a limited income and who have an emergency that threatens their health or safety.
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