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Berrien County rental assistance.

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 shelter in the Saint Joseph Michigan community.

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. Or if the issue is a dispute related, then free legal aid can often help the Berrien County resident.

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.





Emergency Shelter Services - The Connection
Main address: 205 W Main
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
(269) 277-5055
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.

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.

Berrien County - Department Of Health And Human Services
401 Eighth Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
Main phone number is (855) 275-6424
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.

Salvation Army - Benton Harbor Corps
233 Michigan
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(269) 927-1353
Help is offered for mortgages or people with a court ordered eviction notice. They also provide food and more.




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.

Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry And Thrift Store
Address is 6 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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