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Alcona, Arenac, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco assistance programs.

Northeast Michigan includes the counties of Alcona, Arenac, Cheboygan, Crawford, and Iosco. Several different agencies operate in one or more of these counties. Find information on the forms of assistance offered below.

Northeast area of Michigan Salvation Army - This non-profit agency may be able to provide financial assistance and social services in an effort to try to address basic human necessities such as rent and utility help. Also they can provide personal counseling and information on various Michigan and federal government assistance programs. 989-358-2769

Mercy Med Program - Offers some basic health care. The non-profit provides emergency prescriptions to patients in need of medical care and also helps to access longer term prescription support for the low income. Call 989-348-0433

Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, Inc. is the community action agency for the entire NE Michigan area. Programs administered include.

Rental assistance programs - They provide a resource known as The Homeless Prevention Program, which may be able to provide money to pay first month's rent, security deposits, both rental and utility arrearage payments, and some other housing type assistance. One of the criteria for this aid is that the renter must have no other options. In other words they have contacted all other agencies and government programs first.

Head start - They run this locally using federal government funds and resources. The Head Start program, in addition to education, provides for health/dental, social service, food and nutrition, mental health, and disability services to participating families and individuals across Alcona, Arenac, Cheboygan, Crawford, and Iosco Michigan. They also administer the early Head Start program for children.

Food and groceries - Two different resources and food assistance programs are offered. They include Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) as well as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Both are targeted at certain individuals and situations, but the bottom line is that they can provide you food or other aid. Find other Michigan food banks.





Financial help for utility, gas, and water bills is offered. A program will provide assistance with paying for heating, water and utility expenses. Money is offered for both families and  individuals who meet certain poverty guidelines. Aid is only available if you have no other options, such as government assistance programs or other resources available to you. Needs which may be addressed by grants from the program include heat and utility bill assistance with getting access to deliverable fuels, and get help to avoid shutoffs with electricity, natural gas, and water services.

Call the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, Inc. at (989) 356-3474. A number of other resources are available from the non-profit organization, which is also known as NEMCSA. More on resources from Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency.

Charities in northeast Michigan

Some charity organizations that may be able to provide non-financial aid (such as food, clothes, and counseling) or from time to time may have limited financial assistance include Sterling United Methodist Church ((989) 654-2291), Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Services (989-846-4111), AuGres Christian Charities ((989) 876-7925) and Helping Hands - Sterling Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church (989-846-9565).

Salvation Army emergency assistance and social services are available in eastern and northern Michigan. A few corp offices can help the less fortunate, working poor, seniors, and others. What may be provided includes free food to the hungry, Christmas assistance to children, and emergency funds (though limited) for paying rent or utility bills. Case managers will also work with clients in Arenac County and nearby areas as they fight to overcome poverty or their financial challenges. Click here.




By Jon McNamara

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