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Hillsdale County assistance programs.

Find how to get, and apply for financial help for paying housing costs (security deposits, rent, or a mortgage); utility bills (water, electric, or heating); or medical bills (dental or prescriptions). There are a number of agencies (churches, charities, and non-profits) that offer emergency help in Hillsdale County. Or they pass out free items, including food, clothing, gasoline vouchers, and other supplies.

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The Hillsdale Community Action Agency provides a variety of assistance to local residents. Some of the programs offered include rent help, mortgage and foreclosure assistance, and help with paying energy bills.

Foreclosure Prevention Counseling is available and it includes free one-on-one counseling for homeowners who are in the midst of financial crises or a foreclosure filing, and they also offer financial literacy courses as part of the counseling. In addition, Hillsdale Community Action and the nationwide CAA just announced it is launching the Community Foreclosure Coalition, which is yet another program that can provide aid.

Rent assistance is wide ranging. Participants who receive housing help will receive assistance with paying unpaid utility bills, security deposit, rent/mortgage arrearage payments, payment of the first month's rent and other unmet needs. In addition, the program also provides landlord tenant mediation services to try to find an option that works for both parties. Individuals who are qualified will also receive intensive case management services, and in some cases, free grants and other direct financial assistance and payments for the first month's rent. People who are transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing will also be able to receive additional rental assistance during that timeframe.

Families in Hillsdale can also save on their energy and heating bills from the Weatherization Program, which provides free energy conserving services to low and mid income home owners and renters in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee counties. Qualified residents of the weatherization program may have their homes insulated to save energy, cold air infiltration measures implemented such as caulking, weather-stripping of leaky doors, gaps, and insulating and repairing windows and other minor home repairs. People will receive health and safety improvements to their home.





The Community Action Agency facility is located at 55 Barnard Hillsdale, Michigan. Call (517) 437-3346. The non-profit offers other services too. Read more.

Hillsdale County Human Services can provide assistance with a number of housing needs, such as rent, relocation assistance, property taxes, and more. 40 Care Drive, Hillsdale, Michigan 49242, call (517) 439-2200.

Salvation Army of Hillsdale - Administers several social services and case management programs. Among them include emergency rental or heating bill assistance, food, shelter, and Christmas programs too, including gifts for children. (517) 437-4240.

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church runs a health clinic for the low income and uninsured. Services include prescription drug assistance, education, consultation , basic medical care, and more from volunteer nurses and doctors. Address is 3 North Broad Street. Phone (517) 437-4041.

Free food pantries and assistance programs

Angels Helping Hands Ministries will have canned goods and non-perishable food. 102 South Main Street, Camden, Michigan 49232, call (269) 849-9704

Lifeline Food Pantry of Camden may have free clothing, winter coats, food, and Christmas meals. (517) 368-5414

El Bethel Pentecostal Church Of God is located in Hillsdale. Telephone (517) 437-3639.

Hillsdale Baptist Church - Dial (517) 439-9711 for hours.

Saint Anthony's Catholic Church - Free food boxes, hot meals, and other basic needs are served. 11 North Broad Street, Hillsdale, Michigan 49242. Phone (517) 439-1316




Trinity Lutheran Church - (517) 437-2647

Hillsdale Assembly Of God may have free emergency groceries, perishable food, and referrals to other charities or pantries. 4075 Beck Road, Jonesville, MI 49250, call (517) 849-0102

Litchfield United Methodist Church runs a food bank. (517) 542-3366

First Church Of Christ pantry. Phone (517) 286-6299


By Jon McNamara














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