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Kalamazoo County assistance programs.

Low income families can get financial help for paying their bills. Find charities, government cash program from DHS in Kalamazoo, charities and more that provide assistance for rent, heating or utility bills, free food or clothing, and more. Or get free groceries from pantries, free medical or dental care in Kalamazoo County, back to school supplies and job placement services. There are also various housing solutions, even including free hotel rooms.

The assistance is wide ranging and helps the low income, seniors, single moms, immigrants, and others in the community. Whether it is financial aid to pay bills (including car repairs or medical), or free stuff (like furniture or Christmas toys), help is offered from the agencies below.

Assistance for paying heating costs, rent utility and other bills

Kalamazoo County Action Bureau: To receive help or learn more on other social services offered, call 269.373.5066 to contact them. Services and assistance is available, depending on funding. The agency may have Emergency Utility Bill Assistance, including funds for for electric, natural gas, and other deliverable fuels. Other programs administered include and Home rehabilitation. Income and other conditions need to be met. Call for more information.

Comstock Community Center: Residents who bring a shutoff notice to the center can receive once-a-year assistance of up to $50. They are located at Comstock Community Center, P.O. Box 34, Comstock, MI 49041. (269) 345-8556

The Salvation Army: The office is located at 1700 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001. They can provide energy bill help as well as they offer other assistance programs. Get free food, clothing and holiday assistance as well. There are also free back to school supplies, and on site homeless shelter. and Christmas toys for kids. In most cases, a referral from DHS is needed.




Local residents can turn to several agencies to get help with heating or utility bills using referrals. While the Salvation Army is the agency that distributes the bulk of utility bill assistance in the area, other groups may also help. Case workers direct clients to everything from LIHEAP to grants for rent or free laptop computer programs.

The charity also has a thrift store (for clothing including school supplies), an emergency food pantry, and Pathways of Hope for long term advice. Or learn about free summer camp for kids or low cost transitional housing programs. Call (269) 344-6119, or read Salvation Army Kalamazoo County.

Kalamazoo Deacons Conference: Qualified residents can receive anywhere from $75 to $100 for their bills every 18 to 24 months on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, 1010 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 to apply or learn more. Phone number (269) 344-7333.

Rent assistance programs - Residents of Kalamazoo Michigan have several different non-profit organizations and charities that they can call and apply at for emergency rental assistance. Priority is usually given to families with children, senior citizens, and the disabled, however anyone can ask for help. Find a full listing of Kalamazoo rent assistance organizations.

Housing Assistance Programs

Housing Resources Inc. is an agency that provides a variety of services to people facing eviction, as well as those who are currently homeless. They do have limited financial assistance and grants they can offer, but most of the aid they can offer is by referring people to government programs. Clients can be linked to programs for paying a security deposit, or maybe receive a short term loan for their rental expenses. They are even aware of non-traditional type programs such as pawn shop loans for paying bills. The goal of Housing Resources is on rehousing the homeless and even preventing it in the first place.





Some of the other services from HRI include providing counseling, directing people to charities with funding, assist with foreclosure prevention tactics, and other similar types of support. You can call the agency at 269-382-0287, or find more details on Housing Resources Assistance Programs.

Homeowners across Kalamazoo County can also take advantage of statewide and regional mortgage and foreclosure counseling resources. Most of the services are provided by HUD certified agencies, and qualified families may actually receive free advice. Find other Michigan foreclosure programs.

Free foreclosure counseling in Kalamazoo

Homeowners can contact Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. to receive free foreclosure counseling, homeowner assistance, as well as information on mortgage programs. The non-profit will also help with budgeting skills and other housing-related services. Call the agency at 269-385-2916.

Where to turn for free food or meals

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission (343-5880) as well as the Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes (343-3663) are two local charities or churches the provide those in need with free food as well as hot meals.

Ministry with Community is another Kalamazoo Michigan agency that provides food and meals. Dial 269-343-6073.

But there are many other food banks, USDA programs, as well as soup kitchens. Low income families can find other locations to apply at for SNAP food stamps or find a free pantry. Or they can get free holiday meals or personal hygiene supplies. Or seniors can sign up for Meals on Wheels. If you need more options, locate additional Kalamazoo food pantries.

Emergency financial aids and grants

Many other other charities that may be able to provide assistance. Some only focus on certain parts of Kalamazoo County, but you should contact them to see if you are eligible for some for of support based upon where you live in the county. The resources they offer range from financial assistance for paying utility and heating bills, rent help, food, clothing, prescription medications, and more. Contact Comstock Community Center (345-8556), South County Community Services (649-2901), or Portage Community Center (323-1942).

Free low income Thanksgiving and Christmas programs - Families that need free Christmas toys, gifts, books, clothes or food for the holidays can get assistance. Several charities assist single parents, the elderly, and working poor among others. More on Kalamazoo County free holiday and Christmas programs.





Western Michigan Catholic Charities provides a number of services to low income families, the working poor, and senior citizens. Resources and funding are limited. When possible, the charity, working with local churches, will offer individuals free food, holiday meals, and baby formula. Case managers can help residents (in particular seniors) apply for medical and prescription assistance. Other aid available for the needy includes limited financial assistance for paying bills when someone is faced with a crisis. Click here Kent County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Kalamazoo Community Action Agency is part of the state of Michigan and nationwide network of poverty fighting organizations. The non-profit administers many programs for low income and working poor families, some of which are emergency and others revolve around employment as well as education. They may even have information on free internet for low income families, child care, scholarships and more.

Some of the financial aid can include grants for paying heating bills or rent for families facing an eviction. Transitional housing, or referrals to security deposit programs, are offered. Other services include weatherization, free dental exams and vision tests. They also help seniors in Kalamazoo as part of a partnership with local agency on aging centers.

The non-profit is a leading poverty fighting as well as employment agency in Kalamazoo County. Whether advice, or financial support, they assist. Read Kalamazoo Community Action Agency.

DHS in Kalamazoo, or Human Services - The county office can help low income families with applying for public assistance. There is help for the disabled, seniors, and very low income as well as unemployed, though there are strict application processes in place.

  • Housing, such as relocation or funds for rent or paying energy bills.
  • Federal aid, including SSI disability or food stamps.
  • Job training, including DHS can help with child care while the parent is working.
  • Much more is available, and clicm more Kalamazoo County public aid.

A number of government as well as state programs focus on the disabled in the county as well as Michigan. There may be home modification programs, free medical equipment, help in applying for SSI as well as government grants. Attorneys help with applications. Or the disabled in Kalamazoo County can learn about grant programs, home care, and other services. Continue with Michigan disability emergency assistance programs.

Free medical care for uninsured and low income

Appropriately named the Free Clinic of Kalamazoo (344-0044) provides free medical services for the uninsured. They offer prescription assistance, acute care, general checkups, dental screening, and access to several other health care programs.

Family Health Center Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (488-0813) provides emergency prescription medications (only once per year) to people who do not have this as part of their insurance plan or who can’t afford their medications.







Additional centers provide medical care and savings to the underserved. Low income patients, senior citizens, disabled, and others may all stop by for advice and health services. Find more free community clinics in Kalamazoo County.

Free legal assistance in Kalamazoo Michigan

Call Legal Aid of Western Michigan. The pro-bono law firm provides free legal advice, consultations and representation to eligible low to moderate income individuals and residents of Kalamazoo County Michigan in civil (non-criminal) matters. Areas of legal aid and service are domestic violence, foreclosures, housing, public benefits, rent eviction and consumer. Attorneys al offer help with other services include referrals, community legal education and outreach. Dial 269-344-8113, or click here fore more on Michigan free legal assistance.


By Jon McNamara

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