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Isabella County assistance programs.

There are a couple different agencies to turn to for help in Mount Pleasant and Isabella County Michigan. They can provide assistance for paying heating and utility bills, rent help, prescription medication vouchers, food, and other aid. Learn more about the organizations, and who to contact.

Programs to pay rent, mortgage, and/or utility bills

The John H. Goodrow Fund offers numerous assistance programs to qualified Isabella County residents. The services and programs they offer include the following.

  • Transportation assistance by providing bus fare, gasoline money, or car repairs.
  • Housing assistance for families or individuals who are temporarily homeless by providing hotel vouchers, funding for moving expenses or collaboration with area agencies for rent payments.
  • Financial assistance for paying medical, dental, and prescription bills or other emergency health care expenses.

The organization can also work with area agencies to pay some utility and heating bills.

Special focus is given to those with needs that are not met or fulfilled by area non-profit agencies or community resources.

The John H. Goodrow Fund is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization funded solely through grants, private donations and the United Way. You can contact the fund at (989) 772-2918.

The Salvation Army of Isabella County (phone (989) 773-4663) offer numerous resources and services to low income, the working poor, and unemployed. The details of the resources available to qualified people include the following.

  • Funds for utility bills - The assistance program provides assistance with paying for Consumers Energy bills, water bills, and propane gas. In order to receive assistance for your propane, the tank must be at less than 15% of capacity.




  • Other expenses - The local Salvation Army may be able to help with unexpected or emergency bills of a variety of types.
  • Housing assistance - This program provides assistance to qualified individuals with paying their rent, rental deposit and funds may even be available for mortgage payments. Click here for additional rental assistance programs.
  • Food vouchers - This service provides emergency food to individuals and families once every 90 days or on an emergency, as needed basis.
  • Furniture - Provides vouchers for household goods.
  • Referrals from social workers - The Isabella County Michigan Salvation Army partners with other regional non-profits and government programs. So families can learn about, and get help applying for, public and government assistance such as SNAP food stamps or TANF cash assistance. Call or stop by for additional information. Read more on resources in Michigan.

Other family services and resources are administered from the Mount Pleasant Michigan area Salvation Army centers. They range from emergency assistance to case management. Click here Salvation Army Isabella County.

Isabella County Listening Ear - Most of the programs from this non-profit is in the form of referrals and information from their crisis hotline. Residents can learn about free foreclosure counseling or Transitional Living and housing. Staff from the agency can also refer clients to other services, such as budgeting or credit repair, or they can learn about government grants for paying various bills.




Assisting the homeless is also a priority, and the Listening Ear can offer transportation or information on emergency shelters. The goal is to help the resident stabilize their living situation, and various case management is offered for this. More on Listening Ear assistance programs.

The local Mount Pleasant and Isabella County community action agency, EightCAP, Inc., also runs several different assistance programs. Dial (616) 754-9315.

  • Emergency financial assistance - The agency may be able to offer funds to help people with paying for their emergency needs. Help provided may include financial assistance for utilities, dental expenses, prescription expense, mortgage, rent, and other housing expenses.
  • Utility bills - The Salvation Army has programs that can provide assistance with utility, cooling, and heating bill payments.
  • EightCap has referrals. Clients can learn about section 8 vouchers, emergency loans, and other sources of non-profit as well as public aid.
  • General assistance - Also find information on government programs, such as Medicaid. Other services offered may include free shoes, head start, and more.

Isabella County citizens that are struggling can call on EightCap. It does not matter if they are disabled, a single mom, or unemployed, resources are available. Find assistance from EightCap community action.





Mortgage delinquency and foreclosure in Isabella County

Crisis Center Inc, Listening Ear is a program that provides homeowners with foreclosure prevention and counseling. They offer a service known as MSHDA foreclosure counseling to homeowners who are struggling with their housing and mortgage payments. Click here to find additional Michigan foreclosure programs, or call the non-profit at (989) 772-2918.

By Jon McNamara













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