Find details on the main public assistance and government benefits below. Residents of Oakland County Michigan can get support from these programs when they are struggling and need some help. Numerous conditions and application requirements are in place that will usually factor in the individual’s income and total assets. However the local Department of Human Services office may also have referrals or other advice for clients.
Food assistance programs are available for satisfying short term needs. These temporary resources are available in Oakland County for qualified, low-income, single moms and working poor families and individuals. Some of the options include SNAP food stamps and other government resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Receive more information at the local human services offices or apply online. Another option is to dial 1-855-275-6424.
Several other programs can provide food, meals, and assistance to low income families.
-Another option is the Michigan Combined Application Project (MiCAP). This will offer free food benefits to adults age 60 and over who receive social security.
-MiCAFE, or Michigan's Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly, is another publicly funded program that can assist adults age 60 and older as well as seniors. Applicants will need to apply for a Bridge Card to pay for their food and groceries. This will allow seniors to free up their money so they can afford other essential items like medicine or their rent.
-Students and children from low income families may benefit from the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs.
-Meals On Wheels is offered by local non-profits. This is a volunteer-based service that delivers low cost nutritious meals to the elderly and homebound persons age 60 or older. In Oakland County Michigan, the Area Agency on Aging runs the program.
-A Special Supplemental Nutrition Program known as Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) is for low- and moderate-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women in Oakland County. It can also provide assistance to infants and children up to age 5 who have a nutrition-related health problem.
-WIC Project FRESH will offer free Farm Market Produce. This is made available to low-income and working poor nutritionally-at-risk consumers. It is available from Oakland County Michigan farmers' markets. Fresh fruits and vegetables and other farm type items are available.
Crisis assistance is available. Some of the programs include low income energy bill help, State Emergency Relief and the Weatherization Assistance Program. These, and others, combine financial assistance and public funds to help low-income households. Many are also run in partnership with a network of nonprofit organizations.
Burial services can help the indigent, with no assets, pay for funeral costs. Income and asset levels will need to be met by the Oakland County family seeking help.
Temporary cash assistance is available from public sources such as TANF. The aid is targeted at eligible low-income families with minor children as well as pregnant women. The government grants can be used for basic needs such as rent, housing, utility bills, or medications. This is also short term in nature and beneficiaries must be working, in job training, and meeting other conditions.
Subsidized child care and other resources for parents may be offered for those that cannot afford child or day care. Federal government payment assistance is available for those that qualify. The county can help applicants understand if they are eligible, how to apply for public day care assistance, and how to select the right provider.
Medical assistance is available from Medicare and also Medicaid. Another main program is MI Bridges. These various resources will provide low income and the poor with essential health care coverage. Public health care is available to those who otherwise cannot afford it and that currently lack insurance.
Michigan, and the federal government, have many subsidized health care and medical bill assistance programs available to families, adults and children who meet eligibility requirements. Each program will have both asset and income limits in place in order to be qualified. Some other services include the following.
Oakland County emergency support was created to assist low-income households that are normally self-sufficient. Maybe the family has always been able to make ends meet but occasionally needs help when unexpected emergency situations arise, such as a car repair or illness. Emergency assistance is not, and will not help, with chronic or ongoing financial difficulties. This is not an ongoing, public aid or benefit.
The county also has information on, and can provide referrals to, the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. There are many resources available, including job opportunities, federal government benefits, financial assistance, healthcare, education and training and other programs for veterans.
Oakland County Central Administration, dial 248-975-4800
Oakland County Children's Services Administration, 51111 Woodward Ave, Pontiac, Michigan 48342, dial 248-975-5400
Madison Heights, 30755 Montpelier, Madison Heights, MI 48071, dial 248-583-8700
Pontiac - Saginaw St., 235 N. Saginaw, Pontiac, Michigan 48342, phone 248-975-5200
Walled Lake office is at 195 Ladd Rd., Walled Lake, MI 48390, dial 248-669-7600
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