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Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw County assistance programs.

While there is not an extensive number of agencies and programs to turn to if you need help with bills, people who are struggling do have a few different options available to them. Resources can provide low income families and others with food, emergency financial aid, and other forms of support. Or qualified applicants can get information on government assistance and other non-profit organizations in the region.

The Baraga-Houghton-Keweenaw Community Action Agency is a leading non-profit in the area. Most of the aid they provide is referrals, and case managers can direct the needy and low income to other resources in the region.

For example, information is available on federal government funded energy assistance programs such as LIHEAP and weatherization. They can also help people when it comes to applying for public assistance, such as SNAP food stamps. The location is part of the nationwide community action organization and they are committed to addressing the root causes of poverty.

Regarding direct food distribution, the non-profit can offer 35-40 pound boxes of food containing a variety of dry and frozen food. While more limited, they may also pass out fresh fruits or vegetables when available. Or get additional forms of assistance including information and referral, instructional materials/supplies, or sign up for the kinship care program.

The main address is 926 Dodge Street, Houghton, Michigan 49931-1944. Dial (906) 482-5528 for intake. Or stop by Post Office Basement, Calumet, MI 49913, (906) 482-5528.

Each of the counties is supported by a Department of Human Services social service office. A number of assistance programs are available to those who qualify. The government can provide limited amounts of short-term financial assistance to families and individuals who are facing an emergency. Some of the covered services may include, but are not limited to, mortgage/tax payments to avoid homelessness. Emergency rental assistance may be administered. Low interest loans or grants can pay for home repairs. Victims of a disaster can receive new appliances and furniture for people impacted by fire or other disasters. Other programs can offer heating bill assistance, money for paying utility bills and burial/cremation assistance.





Basic needs can be met by your local human services office. This includes an application site to apply for the Food Assistance Program (FAP) or TANF/ Family Independence Program. Michigan wants to ensure health care needs are met as well, so the low income can look into programs such as Medicaid. Or if someone does not qualify for that, then other options may be State Health Care Programs for non-medicaid patients.

Workers from the state will direct individuals to potential jobs in Houghton County and other areas. This can be done by Job Navigator resources and opportunities or the Adult Community Placement Program.

Baraga County Department Of Human Services is located at 108 Main Street. Call (517) 373-0707. Houghton County Department Of Human Services has an office at 200 Quincy Street in Hancock, Michigan 49930. Telephone number is (517) 373-0707. Keweenaw County Department Of Human Services is based at Highway US 41, Mohawk, Michigan 49950. Phone (517) 373-0707

Saint Vincent De Paul Society Diocesan Council also serves the region, including Baraga County. The charity is made up of local churches and volunteers who help the poor, senior citizens, and unemployed. While all of their resources are limited, the agency may be able to provide assistance in the form of a voucher to qualified low income individuals and families in an emergency situation. They also run a thrift shop, which will sell gently used goods to the general public, including clothing, household supplies, and maybe furniture. The locations are 14 South Main Street, L' Anse, MI 49946, call (906) 524-7006 or stop by 204 Quincy, Hancock, Michigan 49930, phone (906) 482-7705.





Regional clothing banks provide families with basic needs. Depending on what has been donated to the non-profit centers, families may receive clothes, furniture, or personal hygiene items. Some people receive the items for free and others can shop for gently used goods at an affordable price. Income limits and other conditions are in place. Read Houghton and Keweenaw clothing closets.

Salvation Army of Hancock Michigan offers several assistance programs. One of the primary resources is the emergency utility and heating bill assistance to low-income individuals facing utility shut-off/disconnection. Other funds administered can include prescription medications and vouchers for health care expenses. Another focus is on offering holiday assistance to children and seniors, including Christmas gifts and Thanksgiving meals. Various other homeless prevention resources, thrift stores, and more is offered. 408 Ravine Street, Hancock, MI 49930, (906) 482-3420

Copper Country Christian Fellowship is a local food pantry at 201 5th Street in Calumet. They run programs that acquire food products through canned food drives, donations, food bank programs or direct purchase. All items are distributed to people faced with a crisis. (906) 337-2659




By Jon McNamara

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