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Rent assistance in Michigan.

Renal assistance is provided to low-income families in Michigan or people with no money. Charities, churches and the government provide housing assistance. There are funds for tenants who need help paying rent, security deposits, or relocating with additional services such as free legal aid, housing vouchers and other support provided. Find rent assistance programs near you in MI.

Local cities as well as counties are below. There are also statewide resources, including from some non-profits or the government, such as DHS. Emergency rental assistance has a goal of stopping, or delaying evictions. IT is often combined with budgeting and self-sufficiency. Or locate longer term rent payment assistance programs in MI, such as income based housing, Section 8, or private landlords that lease to people as they rebuild their credit. A wide rage of resources are offered.

Get help from rent in MI from state charities or the government

Statewide and regional rent assistance programs operate in Michigan. All counties are supported. A major focus is on providing hardship funds, whether for a security deposit, back rent, or utility bill, to seniors, single moms, veterans or the disabled. However each organization has their own application process.

  • DHS - The Michigan Department or Human Services has many housing programs. The government offers grant money for rent, or applicants may be able to get assistance from the non-profits, charities or referrals from the Michigan Department of Human Services.  More on DHS in Michigan housing programs.
  • Tenant eviction prevention programs - The state, regional non-profits, and federal resources are available as part of homeless prevention - rehousing. There is financial help for rent payments, storage or moving costs, mobile home lot rent and other housing costs. Many of these for families in a crisis as well, and read more on Michigan eviction help and rehousing.
  • Salvation Army renters assistance in MI - Each county, and most towns, have a Salvation Army. The Christian Charity provides small dollar amounts for bills, including back rent. Or there are free hotel vouchers, transitional housing and other programs. Any one-time rental assistance is limited and comes with conditions, and find details on how to get help with rent from MI Salvation Army.




  • Michigan Homeshare - This is available as a form of shared housing. One tenant lives rent free and often needs to provide chores, caregiving or errands for a senior or disabled property owner. Both parties benefit from this regulated housing service. Find a homeshare near you.
  • Section 8 HUD in Michigan - Low-income families, single parents and people with no money will get private, rent subsidized homes are apartment. The Section 8 (housing choice voucher) is available statewide. Monthly rent payments are based on the families income, and locate housing choice voucher program in Michigan.
  • Affordable apartments - Landlords work with non-profits and the government to offer housing to people with no or bad credit, and there is often rent relief or payment terms offered too. All programs vary based on the applicant’s situation, and look here for apartments with no credit.

Local rent assistance programs in Michigan

In addition to the support from DHS above, there are many other county, town, and city agencies that offer support. There may be grant money, legal aid, and other homeless prevention or rehousing programs. Find a county or area below to local charities, social service offices or charities that may assist with paying deposits, back rent as well as other housing expenses in Michigan.

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County

Berrien County

Detroit and Wayne County

Eaton and Calhoun County

Flint and Genesee County

Grand Rapids and Kent County

Ingham County

Jackson County




Kalamazoo County

Macomb County

Midland County

Monroe and Lenawee County

Oakland County

Ottawa County

Saginaw County


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