Eaton County assistance programs.

Assistance with bills and emergency services

Get help for bills and family emergencies from Heart and Hands. Dial (517) 663-7104. The agency is a local non-profit Christian emergency service program that helps people of all faiths. While they are primarily a food bank, they also offer other help for family emergencies and bills, such as rent, heating bills, medications, and more. Some of the details include they provides up to 10 days of food in emergency situations. They will provide food only once a month. In addition, they also offer assistance with utility shutoff and funds for paying deposits; prescription medications, and medical supplies; emergency shelter, rent help, or assistance for paying a mortgage, emergency transportation, gasoline vouchers, personal items, baby items, bus tokens, household products, budgeting training and skills, and nutrition.

Also contact the local community action agency, the Capital Area Community Services. Phone (517) 482-6281. They offer the following services.

Rent and mortgage help - Get assistance from the Homeless Prevention & Homeless Services. This program provides help in several forms. Funds are available for paying heating and utility bills. As if someone loses their services, they in effect can’t live in the home. Emergency funding is also available for paying rent and your mortgage. They can also provide information on the Michigan foreclosure prevention project.

Food aid and assistance - The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides meals and free groceries on a quarterly basis. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides food to low income, qualified individuals.

Free weatherization assistance programs - The program will help Charlotte and Eaton County families help save money, as the weatherization program was is designed to help lower fuel costs by making homes more energy efficient and conserving.

Free income tax preparation. Professional, well trained volunteers and other will help you complete your federal and Michigan taxes for free.





Rapid Rehousing - Using government grants, Community Services of the Capital (CACS) may assist with rehousing. This may include financial aid, or loans, to pay a security deposit or first months rent. Still will also help the homeless locate new housing in Eaton County or other Michigan towns.

The non-profit Capital Area Community Services offers other support as well, with a focus on self-sufficiency. Read more information.

Capital Area Salvation Army is one of the leading non-profits in the Eaton County Michigan region. They have offices in Charlotte, and support low income families, children, seniors, and others. Programs can provide emergency assistance for paying heating bills and fuel. Food, meals, and Christmas assistance is provided to families with children. Other basic needs that can be met include clothing, bus tickets, thrift stores,  free winter coats, and more. Click here for details on the social services and programs offered or dial (517) 484-4424.

Eaton and Lansing Housing Commission - This organization is involved in administering various low income housing units, processes applications for HUD section 8 vouchers, offers assistance to veterans, and more. A focus is on the very low income in the Eaton County region, including people who are most at risk such as the elderly or disabled. The organization may also have referrals for residents from the community that need support. More.

Emergency food assistance is available from pantries in Eaton County as well as government sources. Anyone in a crisis, or low income families facing a hardship, can receive free groceries, meals, applications to food stamps and more. Many pantries also have goods such as holiday meals, free winter coats or school supplies and arrange other services. Continue reading.

Free furniture and clothing in Eaton County

The Eaton Michigan Clothing and Furniture Center provides qualified individuals with free, good, clean, gently used furniture, clothing, cleaning supplies and other household items at no cost to the qualified individual or family. The aid is offered up to once a month to those in need who live in the Eaton County area. Dial (517) 543-4334.





Senior assistance programs

Local citizens who are over 60 years old can contact Eaton Rapids Senior Center (phone number (517) 663-2335) for help. The agency is a a great source for information, referrals, information on programs to help pay bills and expenses, outreach, and access to free legal advice and services, socialization programs, recreation, individual counseling, and educational services.

Housing and rent assistance programs

Housing Services for Eaton County offers numerous housing programs. Receive access to case management, cash grants, and direct funding services. The goal of the agency and the housing programs offered is to prevent homelessness. This is done by offering various services, including follow-up, rent help, information on mortgage programs, rental subsidy for people with disabilities, and a down payment assistance program for home buyers. (517) 541-1180. Read more Housing Services of Mid Michigan.

Several other agencies may offer rent help in Eaton County. Tenants with an eviction notice, or that are struggling financially, may apply for assistance. Resources range from loans to government grants for everything from a portion of back rent to a security deposit. Any financial aid is also combined with ongoing support. Read Eaton County rent assistance.




By Jon McNamara

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