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Allegan and Van Buren County rent assistance.

One time, temporary assistance can help families pay their rent. Agencies operate across both Van Buren as well as Allegan County. Funding, which is very limited, will be combined with stabilization services. Applicants need to participate in the full spectrum of programs administered in order to receive any rental assistance from one of these organizations.

If the resident is too far behind on what they owe their landlord, then the best option for them may be to move into a transitional housing site. This will allow the family time to save their income for future rent costs on a new, low income apartment. They can also seek funds for a security deposit during that time frame or apply for section 8 housing from Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in the Allegan region.

For more information on applying for assistance, or to access social service, call an agency below. Any funding for rent is limited. Some of the charities, such as Love Inc., only offer referrals.

Michigan Department Of Health and Human Services
Van Buren County - 57150 County Road 681, Hartford, Michigan 49057, dial (269) 621-2800.
Allegan County office is 3255 122nd, Allegan, MI 49010. Dial (269) 673-7700.
Housing and rent assistance is from State Emergency Relief/SER. Expenses paid for by the state include moving expenses as well as security deposits. Low income families can also receive a grant for paying rent arrears, taxes, and much more. The applicant needs to be homeless, in temporary housing or on the verge of eviction.

Legal Aid of Allegan County and Western Michigan
Main office is 201 W Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
Dial (269) 344-8113

Salvation Army Regional Location
1269 M-89
Plainwell, MI
Phone - (269) 685-5886
Based on donations  from the community, one time funds may be issued for rent, utilities, and other costs.




Love Inc Of Northwest Allegan County
Address is 1290 32nd Street at First Baptist Church
Allegan, MI 49010
(269) 751-2533
Only referrals are offered for rent payments. In addition to that service, counseling will help the client so they can budget properly to save their money for future housing needs.

Christian Neighbors
Address - 282 12th Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
(269) 685-4166
Programs range from funds for rent to stop an eviction, money for utilities, medications, and even gasoline.

Housing Resource Center of Allegan County
1291 Lincoln Road
Allegan Michigan, 49010
The non-profit may offer one time funds, or no-interest loans, for rent. Landlord and tenant mediation will also be arranged as part of the case management process.

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency
The Van Buren Office is at 57150 CR 681, Hartford, MI 49057. Telephone - (800) 334-7670.
Supportive housing, which includes rent help or vouchers, is for the disabled. Additional housing support can assist the elderly.

Decatur Human Services
102 South Phelps Street
Decatur, Michigan 49045
(269) 423-6474
Temporary financial aid, which is limited, may help with rent, heating costs, and more.



By Jon McNamara

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