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Rental assistance in Berrien County.

When threatened with an eviction, tenants can turn to Berrien County rental assistance programs. There is financial aid available to help low income families stay in their current home or apartment. Not only may funds help pay rent in an emergency, but the agencies also arrange transitional housing as well as access to homeless shelters in the Saint Joseph Michigan community. Or find agencies that help pay security deposits or that give free motel vouchers in Berrien County.

Homelessness can often be caused by many issues. It may be a legal dispute or even unpaid utility bills. This is why the non-profits or Health and Human Services not only assist with rent, but they may also provide grants for energy bills or deposits to help the individual move. There are also section 8 HUD vouchers (inclouding emergency housing) for very-low income families. Or if the issue is a dispute related, then free legal aid can often help the Berrien County resident.

Where to get help with rent

Legal Aid West Michigan is based at 901 Port St, St Joseph, MI 49085. Lawyers address housing needs. They help in court those families with eviction notices and provide landlord/tenant mediation. Other legal aid can content utility shut off notices. There is no direct financial aid for rent, they focus on legal aid. But referrals may be given in some cases. Call (269) 983-6363.

St. Joseph Parish - Society Of St. Vincent De Paul
Location is 301 Wayne Street
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
Dial the church at (269) 982-3478
Residents and immigrants can apply for housing assistance, including transitional apartments. This ranges from rent help to low cost furniture from a thrift store. The charity may also issue short term loans for paying some housing expenses.

Love Inc. Counseling - First Baptist Church
Dial (269) 751-2533
Note this is a budgeting service only. There may be referrals to emergency rent programs or other benefits, such as section 8. They show tenants and families in poverty how to allocate their income for their bills. For other options in the community, find other charities that can offer help with paying rent.




The Connection
The non-profit runs the Housing Assessment and Resource Program. HUD government funds are available for all housing needs to stop evictions. There is money for rental or utility deposits, moving costs, and lease review. Clients can also get referrals to Shelter Plus Care Chronic or other government programs, such as HUD vouchers to pay back rent. There is also a shelter program. The main phone number is at (269) 277-5055, and locations are.

  • Emergency Shelter Services is at 645 Pipestone Street, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022.
  • Additional financial help is from 185 E Main St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Section 8 housing authorities
There are multiple agencies in the Berrien County region. They offer public housing as well as access to income based housing, apartments, and other private residents. The HUD section 8 housing program can be used to help pay rent, or in some cases assist with mortgages. Family Self Sufficiency, income programs and other aid is offered too.

  • Benton Harbor Housing Commission is at 721 Nate Wells Sr Dr, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022. Dial (269) 927-3546
  • St Joseph Housing St Joseph Housing Commission is located at 601 Port St #200, St Joseph, MI 49085. The main number is (269) 983-2814

Salvation Army Benton Harbor Corps
Social Service Office is at 233 Michigan
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
Main phone number is (269) 927-1353
The Christian Faith church based group will only provide financial help on a limited basis. Assistance may be provided for back rent, utilities, or a security deposit. The charity also has low cost furniture from a Family Store, shelters and maybe free hotel vouchers in lieu of rent or shelter help. Help is offered for mortgages or people with a court ordered eviction notice. They also provide free furniture to renters and more

Berrien County - Department Of Health And Human Services
401 Eighth Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
Main phone number is (855) 275-6424 or 269-934-2000
Emergency Relief (SER) is run from the office. There is rent, financial help, or loans for the disabled, single moms, and people fleeing domestic violence among others. This is part of public assistance in Michigan.





Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency
185 East Main Street Suite 200
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Dial (800) 334-7670 for information.
Income based programs are offered by referrals. There may be ESG grants to help with rent or moving costs, or case management as well as other social services.

Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry And Thrift Store
Address is 301 South Elm Street
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Dial the charity at (269) 756-7472
Temporary, emergency financial aid is available in Berrien County. Funds for rent, utility bills to stop a disconnection, water, and household supplies may be given.


By Jon McNamara











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