Calhoun County assistance programs.

Emergency assistance

There are organizations that offer people in need a variety of aid. Services offered by the Battle Creek and Calhoun County Salvation Army (269-963-3640), as well as the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan, Inc., include the following. Families and individuals can receive grants and assistance to help those in need with rent and housing expenses, utilities - including gas & electric bills, clothing, prescription medication, personal care items, emergency food, and from time to time there may even be funds to partially pay a mortgage.

Last year the Salvation Army served Calhoun County residents with almost 7,000 bags of groceries. In addition, almost 250 families were assisted with paying their monthly rent. Specifically, in Marshall over $6,000 has been spent assisting families with rent, electric, gas and heating bills, food, prescription drug medication and furniture. In the city of Albion, over $15,000 has been spent by the Salvation Army and the money was used to help families with rent, mortgages, electric, gas, food, and prescription medication. Contact this organization at (269) 963-3640 to learn more or to apply for assistance.

Another local non profit community action agency that people can turn to is the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan, Inc. They provide the services that are listed below.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

If you are struggling with providing for your next meal, this organization can offer those in need foods such as spaghetti, peanut butter, meat, beans, rice, flour, fruit, and other food. This assistance is distributed every three months to eligible families and individuals. The food aid is distributed from a variety of locations throughout CAA’s four-county service area.

Home Repairs and Rehabilitation Program

The community action agency known as CAASCM also provides low and moderate income homeowners emergency repairs and home rehabilitation for those living in Calhoun County and Marshall. Rehabilitation and improvements will be is limited to up to $10,000 for lead remediation and $25,000 in home renovations. The funding for this program is being made possible through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and other government agencies. Click here to find additional home repair programs. Phone (269) 966-1284.





Get referrals for clothing, free food, and personal items

This assistance program will provide referrals to families and individuals who need food, free or discounted clothing, and other personal items, but who cannot afford to pay for them.

Calhoun County emergency bills, expenses food and shelter program (EFSP)

This program is wide ranging. It will assist in providing one-time emergency utility bill assistance, grants for rent and shelter, and even funds for paying property taxes, emergency hotel/motel assistance, etc. Click here to find additional property tax assistance.

In addition, it can also assist with providing up to a 30-day supply of primary fuel, electric and water to the household. Applicant must show proof of all household income, they need to have received a utility shut off notice, provide payment history, regular monthly bill, and they also need a so called decision notice from the Department of Human Services.

The community action agency offers information on those programs listed above and more. They also support Marshall and can be reached at (269) 965-7766. Or stop by the Albion Office at 101 North Albion Street, Albion, MI 49224 as well as Battle Creek Office, 175 Main Street, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017. To find additional information on the financial resources offered, learn more on the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan.

Marshall Area Community Services, which can be reached at (269) 781-2954, administers several emergency programs. They include groceries and meals from a food pantry, as well as utility and heating bill payment assistance. Click Marshal Community Services in Calhoun County.





Calhoun County Michigan Salvation Army is located at 400 Capital Avenue Northeast, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017. Call or stop by to apply for gas and electric bill assistance with a shut off notice. People need to be referred by the DHS. The Salvation Army will not assist with deposit or reconnect fee. Specifically, get help with Water/Sewage bill assistance as well. Other services offered include bus fares, congregate meals, diapers, food, soup kitchen, and education programs.

Housing programs - Whether it is shelter, emergency funds for rent or a deposit, or placement into transitional housing, there are many programs in Calhoun County that all focus on stopping homelessness. Another option will always be to apply for grants from the government. Learn more.

Locate free or emergency food programs

About 20 organizations work to prevent hunger in the community. Many have food pantries or soup kitchens that offer groceries or holiday meals. Some of the other non-profit agencies will help low income families apply for food stamps. Find the leading places for food, clothing, and other basic needs.

Battle Creek First Church Of The Nazarene is on Beadle Road.

There are several Neighborhood Food Pantry Ministries in Calhoun County Michigan. Each will offer groceries, clothing from a thrift store, or Christmas meals.

Ceresco Baptist Church (phone (269) 979-1698) will also have groceries, food items, and more.

For more information or additional locations, find the food banks in Calhoun County.



By Jon McNamara

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