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Ionia County assistance programs.

There are a few different agencies to contact for help, including utilities and rent, in Ionia County Michigan, and they include EightCAP, Inc. as well as the Ionia County Salvation Army. Find information on the resources and assistance programs they administer below.

Financial assistance and community services

The Ionia County community action agency, known as EightCAP, Inc., is one of the leading agencies to turn to. They can provide people information on how to get financial help for paying bills, and they may be able to offer their help for paying bills and expenses. Some of the direct financial assistance offered can include.

  • Rental assistance - Grants for paying current and back rent, as well as information on various government rental assistance programs.
  • Utility and heating bills - If you service has been disconnected or shut off, aid may be available
  • Food - Access a food pantry and learn about local Ionia distribution centers
  • Income tax preparation - Learn about tax breaks, and even get your taxes filed for free.
  • Heating fuels - Information on how to get heating oil, fuels, and other forms of support for the cold Michigan winters.
  • Credit counseling and debt reduction services can help people reduce payday loans and other obligations.

EightCAP, Inc. can be reached at (616) 754-9315. Or find more information on their services.

Another agency to contact is the Ionia Salvation Army, which is part of the branches that cover Michigan. The local Salvation Army location provides assistance to the working poor as well as low income families or individuals that are facing a crisis, utility shutoff, medical emergency, or eviction from housing, as well as temporary shelter for homeless victims and other emergency assistance on a case by case basis to qualified individuals .





One focus on the faith based charity is to offer basic needs. This may include food from the pantry or hot meals as well as clothing. Ionia Michigan families with children can also learn how the Salvation Army helps with Christmas toys and gifts. Call the center at 989-463-2864 for information on all their programs. Or find a listing of their services, and read more Ionia County Salvation Army.

While they may not provide money for paying bills, God’s Love Closet provides qualified individuals with furniture, appliances, and/ or household items. The items are free to anyone that truly has a need for aid. The non-profit agencies assists those people in the community who are currently unable to provide themselves with essential household items required to supply comfort. They can also refer people to other local charities and non-profits. 616-754-7951.

Free food, basic needs, and household goods - As many as 10 food pantries operate in Ionia County. They feed the poor, struggling, seniors, and children among others. There are free groceries, meals from soup kitchens, and even clothes or school supplies. More Ionia County food pantries.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

This is a program offered by EightCap (phone number above). The weatherization assistance program provides the low income, elderly, and disabled with free home energy conservation services. The aid is available for both low-income Michigan renters and homeowners. These free energy conserving services reduce energy use, help people save on heating bills and lower utility bills, making homes more energy efficient and comfortable and utilities more affordable. The program also helps families and individuals become more self-sufficient over the long term.



By Jon McNamara

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