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Rent assistance in Eaton and Calhoun County.

Eaton County as well as Calhoun County families can apply for rental assistance from both the government, churches, charities and non-profits. Resources are often combined with social services to help break the cycle of homelessness. This can include case management, information on how to be a responsible tenant, and free legal support. Find the primary agencies to call for information on housing, or one time rent or security deposit help, below.

When applying for funds, the applicant should be prepared with proof of their hardship. While an agency will try to offer money to help with a rent or even mortgage payment, this is not common. Many of the organizations will instead offer referrals to other programs which may be able to help prevent an eviction, ranging from loans to placement into more affordable housing or free legal aid to stop evictions in the local housing court.

Housing Services Mid Michigan
Address is 319 South Cochran
Charlotte, Michigan 48813
Main phone - (517) 541-1180
The non-profit will mostly focus on veterans and their families. The main housing program, Supportive Services For Veterans Families (SSVH) offers various resources. There is free legal aid, eviction help, funds to pay for first months rent, and moving cost assistance. Advocacy for the veteran is also part of this program.

Human Services / DHS -  State grants as part of SER can assist with rent. There are also vouchers to pay for a motel (for a night or some in a crisis), food, furniture, and other emergency housing. The addresses are 1050 Independence Boulevard, Charlotte (dial (517) 543-0860) or another site is at 190 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014, phone (269) 966-1284.

Calhoun County Salvation Army
Address is 400 Capital Avenue NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Main phone - (269) 966-4162
Money may be issued for rent or a security deposit on an approved apartment or home. The non-profit can assist in a crisis.




Siren/Eaton Shelter
Address is 520 Robinson Street
Charlotte, MI 48813
For information, call (517) 543-4915
They only offer transitional housing to motivated families with a job. Case managers will then help the family find permanent housing or a low income apartment.

Saint Mary's Of Charlotte
Address is 812 Saint Mary Boulevard
Charlotte, MI 48813
(517) 543-4319
When funding allows, up to $100 may be issued for back rent or a mortgage payment. People need to have applied to the Salvation Army, DHS and Capital Area Community Services first.

Rent subsidized housing is from section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. There are agencies in both Calhoun as well as Eaton County. Very low income families, the disabled, seniors, and families in poverty can get apartments or private housing that is income based. The rent is based on their household income. There are also home buying services, self sufficiency and more. Dial (517) 541-1180 for the waiting list updates.

Legal Services
Both Eaton and Calhoun County families can receive legal aid.
Phone: 1-800-968-0044

Society Of Saint Vincent Depaul - Saint Peter
Address is 515 East Knight
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
Main phone - (517) 663-4735
Temporary rental or mortgage assistance is available as a form of homeless prevention.

First United Methodist Church - Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
(517) 627-3256
Vouchers or direct financial aid can be issued for rent. Some applicants will only be given a low interest loan for housing expenses.

Albion Interfaith Ministries will only help with rent arrears, in some cases. There is not any money for a security or utility deposit. The address is 114 West Erie Street, and dial (517) 629-5260 for an application.





Albion Community Action
Main address is 101 North Albion Street
Albion, MI 49224
Main phone - (877) 422-2726

Community Action - Battle Creek Housing And Support Offices
Address is 175 Main Street
Battle Creek, Michigan 49014
(269) 965-7766
Rental assistance, case management, information on government grants, and more may be provided by the non-profit. Locate more information on community action agency in South Central MI.


By Jon McNamara

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