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Detroit Michigan assistance programs.

In addition to the services for Detroit listed below, find a more extensive list of Wayne County assistance programs.

Detroit offers the Rehabilitation Services Program, which is part of a Housing & Employment assistance program. The goal of this resource is to provide a wide variety of help and support services to Detroit residents who are in need of employment and/or housing assistance. Services provided include, but are not limited to:

  • Detroit Housing and Employment Initiatives - This program provides support for individuals who are moving on to independent living in their own home or apartment. The employment initiatives main goal is to help people develop skills and provide job training that is needed for employment and to find a job.
  • Supportive Housing Program (SHP) - This program provides numerous housing related assistance  to Detroit families and individuals who are on the verge of losing their home, disabled, or currently homeless. A number of conditions will need to be met by applicants. Some of what this program offers is rental assistance, job training, budgeting skills, and more.
  • Reading and Literacy Program - Detroit provides basic educational skills and tutoring, including GED preparation and other test advice.
  • Consumer Mentor Program - People who are mentors in this assistance program aid Detroit families and individuals with acquiring important life skills that may include, but are not limited to: job training, finding suitable housing for them and their family, how to save money when shopping, budgeting advice, and additional skills. The mentors will work with participants to help them achive self-sufficiency.

Contact them at 313-831-3160, or 10 Peterboro Street, Detroit, Michigan. Also, find additional Wayne County assistance programs.

Housing and rent assistance

Detroit, on an annual basis, gets federal government dollars under the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. The funds are being provided to help provide temporary, short term financial assistance, support for rent and housing payments, and also relocation services to families and individuals who are facing eviction or who may be currently homeless. The primary goal is to aid those who would otherwise be homeless without this financial help.




The Detroit Planning and Development Department (313-224-4636), which is running the assistance program, will now review the applications and distribute the funds. A family must earn less than $35,500, which is the area of Detroit medium income as defined by HUD.

The housing assistance program cannot be used to provide mortgage assistance. However the money can be used for people who have received eviction notices; it can help people pay for security deposits on apartments; and it can even be used on utility payments and heating bills.

Find a listing, phone numbers, and addresses of more Detroit Michigan rent programs.

Water bill assistance

There are two different options for Detroit families. One is the Detroit Resident Water Assistance Program (DRWAP), which was originally known as the Water Affordability Plan. It is meant to help low and moderate income Detroiters pay their monthly water bills. Click here to find additional ways to get help with water bills. Dial (313) 887-6656.

Another program that can help with water bills is the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department WAVE program. According to local government officials, if city residents are not eligible for WAVE, they are referred to the DRWAP program

Mortgage help, rental assistance, utility bill aid, and prevent foreclosures

As of last year, almost 100,000 Detroit families had lost their home to a foreclosure filing. If you are struggling with any housing issues, including even your energy bills, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs may be able to help. Or click here for foreclosure assistance programs.

They have counselors, and offer families free legal services to help them fight predatory lending and foreclosures. The organization can be reached at 313-887-434.

Another non-profit charity organization that provides a variety of financial assistance programs is the Society of St. Vincent Depaul in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Call them at (313) 393-2930.

Detroit and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency coordinates dozens of assistance programs, often in partnership with local non-profits and government organizations. Examples of resources are free food, emergency rent and heating bill assistance, and housing counseling. Case managers also direct qualified clients to job training and educational services that are located in Detroit Michigan. The focus is on helping low income families achieve stability. More details on Detroit and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency financial assistance.





Emergency loans - Find help from private and non-profit lenders in Detroit. The cash be be used for paying bills, debt, or anything else. There are payday as well as pawnshops and title loans companies, all with different interest rates. More on emergency loans in Detroit.

There are several non-profits and HUD agencies in Detroit as well. Most of the advice and services provided by these organizations is done so at no cost. Learn more on additional Detroit foreclosure counseling organizations.

Or if you need help dealing with other debts and unsecured loans, such as personal loans, credit card, or medical bills, Detroit is also supported by a number of non-profit credit counselors. Typically they will offer the first session to individuals free of charge. If after meeting confidentially with a counselor, if you determine that their services may help, then you can sign on as a client to one of the not for profit credit counseling organizations. They will then more then likely enroll you into a debt management plan, or some other types of low cost credit services. Read more Detroit free credit counseling.





Detroit food programs

Anyone who needs help, and in particular the low income, can get free food and other forms of non-financial aid from food banks and pantries. Get a listing of Detroit food banks. Find the phone numbers, addresses, and get more information on places to call.

Locate more additional Wayne County programs.


By Jon McNamara


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