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Assistance programs Calhoun County.

Many churches, government assistance programs and charity organizations provide financial help. The Calhoun County agencies may give grants or loans to pay utility bills or back rent. There may be free items, including food from pantries, school supplies, or healthcare from community clinics. There are also referrals to many resources, ranging from TANF cash assistance to Christmas toy services, transportation and more.

Most of the emergency financial help is for low income families, seniors, or the disabled. They can also learn about stability services such as budgeting, free money saving tips or debt reduction programs. Or even apply for loans to help buy a home or free day care for kids.

Emergency financial assistance and free stuff in Calhoun County

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.

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.

Each and year year the Salvation Army serves Calhoun County residents thousands of bags of groceries. In addition, hundreds of families are assisted with paying their monthly rent. Specifically, in Marshall , thousands of dollars are usually spent assisting families with rent, electric, gas and heating bills. There is also free food, prescription drug medication and furniture. Contact this organization at (269) 963-3640 to learn more or to apply for assistance.

Other services from the Salvation Army offered include bus fares, congregate meals, diapers, food, soup kitchen. Additional programs include Angel Tree Christmas toys, back to school supplies for students and education programs. They also refer clients to government social services, such as food stamps or cash aid from TANF. Other support is offered too, and more on TANF cash assistance. Or try the Salvation Army at  (269) 963-3640.




Community Action Programs

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) applications are offered. 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 from community action. 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 from the non-profit. 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. All of this is from the community action agency in Calhoun County Michigan. They can even direct the very low income and elderly to free emergency government funded cell phones.
  • 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 delinquent 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.

There is always a need for help with utility bills, especially heating. Many Michigan programs, both government and from energy companies, can assist low income Calhoun County families. There are payment plans, cash grants for delinquent bills, and even government aid such as LIHEAP. More on Michigan utility bill assistance 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 on rent assistance in Calhoun County.

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. There are also USDA programs for kids in Calhoun County, such as free school lunches/breakfasts or summer snacks, 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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